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Zee Galliano

Lawrence, Kansas

Although I have worked in many different mediums over the past thirty years, there has been a certain consistency throughout that time; I have always been drawn to texture, pattern, and geometric shapes. Inspirations for my newest work is drawn from the most beautiful place I have ever seen - Zion National Park! I recently had the good fortune to live in southern Utah for almost two years. The landscape there, both from the air and ground level, is endlessly fascinating to me - the colors and textures make their way into many of my designs.
My love affair with metal began in 2005. In addition to numerous classes taken from talented members of a local chapter of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, I have been fortunate enough to study with several nationally-acclaimed teachers such as John Cogswell, Andy Cooperman, Tom McCarthy, and Sydney Scherr. My pieces are all hand-fabricated out of mixed metals using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, riveting, soldering, and forging.
Sometimes I begin with a specific idea in mind, but most often the design “happens” when playing around with raw materials (silver, copper, gold) in the form of sheet, wire, and tubing.