ALCHEMY 9•2•5…”Making the ordinary extraordinary”

By Marlene Richey

“It’s amazing what can happen when the stars align and positive, wonderful energy comes together. Kirsten Ball, a rising jeweler, had begun to sell her work at local craft fairs, when she decided to take it to the next level. Her instructor, Munya Avigail Upin, a metalsmith and teacher for over 35 years, joked that they should open a gallery together. Two weeks later, they signed a lease on a storefront and now, they are exhibiting the work of over fifty artists, in their elegant space - ALCHEMY 9•2•5  in Belmont Center, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston.” www.alchemy925.com

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Master Jeweler Ray Griffiths and His Crowning Glory

 

By Kyle Roderick

Like a gem-encrusted cathedral, the jewels of Ray Griffiths www.raygriffiths.com are glitteringly beautiful, monumental in artisanship and rich in structural integrity. While Griffiths creates a vast range of jewels in precious metals, varied gemstones and color palettes, the New York-based designer/master jeweler is highly differentiated by Crownwork®, his trademarked technique and style. 

Ray Griffiths Crownwork Oxidized Hoop Balls

Oxidized sterling silver Crownwork® hoops and 18-karat gold Crownwork® globes make kinetic sculptural statements.

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East Fourth Street Jewelry and Ethical Design on display in Milan

Design + Ethical Sustainability = Susan Crow of East Fourth Street Jewelry 

By Marlene Richey

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“Artistar Jewels is the unmissable date for all the contemporary jewelry lovers. 140 international designers from over 30 countries will take part in the 6th edition of the project with more than 450 creations on display.” Artistar

         This February 19th - 25th, 2019 jewelry designer, CJDG member and Minnesota native, Susan Crow of East Fourth Street Jewelry has been invited to participate in an exhibit hosted by Artistar Jewels during the Milan Fashion Week extravaganza. This incredible honor was offered to Susan without her having to apply which is the usual method. 

         The venue is being held at the Palazzo Bovara, in the center of Milan’s fashion and arts district and includes six days of exhibition along with various other activities and events. Four of Susan’s pieces (see below) will be featured at the show which promotes designers from around the world to potential clients, publications and marketing opportunities.

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Alan Revere - An interview with a Master

Alan Revere reflects on his life's work in a conversation with Marlene Richey

Alan Revere has done it all…literally. He studied to be a goldsmith in Germany. In 1975 he started his jewelry design firm in Oakland. And then from 1979 until he retired in 2017 he started and ran The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. Alan’s jewelry has been shown in museums internationally. He has written seven books on jewelry and over a hundred articles and created a series of DVDs. Alan was a founder of the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group (CJDG) and was president of the American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC). 

He has judged design competitions, shown his work at trade and craft shows, and his work has appeared in numerous publications. Alan has received countless honors, including the American Jewelry Design Council’s prestigious Benne Award, which he will receive at the AGTA GemFair in February. Now as Alan Revere steps back after nearly 50 years in the field, I had a chance to ask him a few questions.

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Janis Kerman - The Full Circle. A conversation with Marlene Richey

In Janis Kerman’s book “Reminiscence”, Patricia Kiley Faber of Aaron Faber Gallery stated: “The work is continually evolving although the outstanding qualities of Kerman’s jewelry - strong composition, meticulous finishing, the contrast of silver and gold, and a focus on wearability - have been there since the beginning…Kerman’s work is unique among her peers in many ways. Her…manifesto (is) - ‘It’s the balance, not the symmetry.’”  As Janis retires from the jewelry industry, she spoke with Marlene Richey about her work, her legacy and moving forward.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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