In my jewelry designs, I am able to work with color, form and texture in ways that are both two dimensional and sculptural. Jewelry's scale and accessibility, however, encourages the wearer to spontaneously express mood and share it with the world. It can be elegant, subdued, bold and eclectic.

 

My techniques are diverse as well. Some of the work is fabricated with traditional metalworking skills. I also incorporate cloisonné enamels, metal etching, polymer clay, gemstones and beads, and micro knotted fiber.

 

Cloisonné enamels are created from designs formed with thin flat wires of pure silver or gold applied onto a fine silver background. Next, finely ground glass is laid into the design and melted into the recesses with successive kiln firings, one layer at a time. A minimum of 20 firings go into each enamel.

 

Polymer clay is a colored modeling clay that hardens upon baking. It can be molded, collaged, stamped and carved. I combine it with other materials to create mixed media work

 

I achieve the textures on the metals by etching metal master plates, and embossing the designs onto the metals used in the jewelry. I use gold, silver, copper and brass, often in combination.

 

All of these techniques are thrown into the creative soup. I draw upon them as my mood suggests.

 

My work may be seen at

Mendocino Jewelry Studio / 45104 Main Street, Mendocino,

Mendocino Art Center / 45200 Little Lake Road, Mendocino

And Stanford Inn reception lobby / 44850 Comptche Ukiah Road, Mendocino

 


 



Email: athensdesigns@yahoo.com

Ellen Athens
P.O. Box 1386
Mendocino, Ca 95460

707-937-2642


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