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Tish Collins
Palisade, Colorado

 

Inspired by my material of choice, I enjoy making colorful and complex pieces of steel art jewelry. The work draws on a tableau of images and words that seek to describe universal experiences and emotions. Thought provoking designs are based on combinations of shape, color and pattern and each piece tells a story. After attending a workshop at Penland School of Crafts, I began to develop the process in which you see today. Hand pierced ferrous metal is first acid etched then pigmented with enamel spray and oxidizing patina. Pieces are both soldered and cold connected, with glass beads trapped between the layers for depth and style. The end result of my labor speaks volumes about passion, confidence, and determination of the spirit whether the design is ultimately a pair of earrings, necklace or bracelet.

It's important to me and the patrons who buy my work to know I maintain a singular footprint in the marketplace. I am continually learning and striving to develop work shown in the best form, and one that lasts a lifetime.