Antje Roitzsch

smallpersiphoneearring.jpg

For Antje Roitzsch, walking in the woods every morning is a great source of inspiration. By connecting with nature and seeing the daily changes through the seasons Antje notices small things: one day grasses against the snow, another day ice formations on the little brook, or another the dead trees shaped and carved from exposure to the elements.The flow of closely observed water creates wondrous forms and swirls. The budding of new plants implies much potential. The forces that unfold fern, leaves or blossoms in the Spring are what Antje tries to capture in her 3-dimensional work. Indeed, the growth, maturation and unfolding of vegetation mirror human growth, unfolding and developing. Any observer of personal development might resonate with these forms on a deep, perhaps even unconscious level. Even though the casual observer might not recognize the organically inspired nature of Antje's refined work yet might appreciate the harmonious flow of form.

[nggallery id=67]

Being open to a slow process of form development grew out of Antje's Waldorf education in Germany where she studied form metamorphosis with Dr. Peter Wolf. The seven stages of plant development described by poet J.W. Goethe and later by Rudolf Steiner were used as the basis of studies in clay and wood. Following her Waldorf education she studied graphic arts for two years and then completed a 4-year goldsmith apprenticeship in Germany. In 1988 the Carl Duisberg Society awarded her a grant to study the goldsmith technique of Anticlastic Raising for a year with Michael Good of Michael Good Designs in Rockport ME, USA. Antje returned to Germany to work for six months with Professor Friedrich Becker on his innovative stainless steel jewelry and kinetic sculptures. In 1990, she returned to Maine and worked with Michael Good Designs for fifteen years, designing and producing the flowing 3-dimensional shapes of this hand-crafted jewelry.

www.antjeroitzsch.com

Glade Sarbach Davis

galleryartists132.jpg

Glade Sarbach Davis

In 1973, Glade began silver-smithing professionally. Soon he moved to Park City, Utah to work as a designer-goldsmith. In 1978 he took his skills to Sun Valley, Idaho where he expanded his interests to sculpture, to include such mediums as precious metals, bronze, fossil ivory, and stone. In 1982, Glade moved to the Caribbean island of St. Croix, where he owned and operated a custom jewelry and art gallery at a seaside resort. Returning to Idaho 1988, Glade made his home in the west central mountains of Idaho where he continues to make unique jewelry and sculptures.

Glade’s jewelry has been collected by hundreds of discriminating buyers from around the globe, among them Stephen and Tabitha King, authors; and the Hemingway family. Sculptural pieces have been commissioned for the CBS movie “Dreams of Gold” (the story of a treasure hunter, Mel Fisher); The National Theater Workshop for the handicapped (Belfast, Maine campus); Fly Rod & Reel magazine’s “KUDO” award; as well as private collections around the world.

"I met Glade Davis in the early 80's on the island of St. Croix. In the ensuing years we have worked together in studios in the Virgin Islands, Idaho and Maine. Much of the work that bears my name and hallmark would not exist, or quite so beautifully, without his artistic diligence, enthusiasm and technical virtuosity. It has been the collaborative relationship of a lifetime."          - Tom O'Donovan

Artist Statement

As a young man looking over the gaping pock mark scar of the Bingham Canyon mine where I worked for five years in the 1970’s, I longed to do something that would put back some of the beauty that had been ripped from the earth. That’s when I began to teach myself the art of silver-smithing. It was a good feeling to know that as the ugly pit continued to spiral down into the earth… I was on a path to spiral beauty back into the world.

My work is still inspired by the beauty of nature, symbolism, the power of personal sentiment, by the voice of the stone being featured, and of course, by the enormous power of spirit.

My greatest joy, however, comes from my three fantastic children, two sons, a lovely daughter, and my wonderful grand-daughter and grandson and their mom, and my loving daughter-in-law. What a proud parent and grandparent I am, for they are my finest co-creation and legacy. 

 

[nggallery id=55 caption]

Thomas O'Donovan Designs

Afghan-Lt-Blue-Tourmaline-scepter1.jpg

Thomas O'Donovan moved to Maine in 1981 to open his first studio and gallery in Camden. Today, he continues to provide the vision as artistic director of Harbor Square Gallery, while crafting and designing his unique, signature pieces in collaboration with master carver and goldsmith Glade Sarbach Davis in their studios. O'Donovan lives in the Maine woods with his Golden Retriever, Sophie. 

Ring Collection Afghan Lt Blue Tourmaline scepter Earpiece Collection

Earscrews

AquaBriolette-Arcanum.jpg

The Earscrew is a wonderfully light and comfortable piece that quite simply twists into the earlobe. Secured by the top element of the form, it spirals gracefully down like a loose curl of hair, framing the face in a most flattering way.

You can select your pair of Earscrews from a choice of 18K White or Yellow Gold or Platinum. Choose from our standard selections in black or white pearls, gold, or platinum spheres in a variety of sizes. You can also explore other Earscrew options with us, by using your choice of faceted gemstones, cabochons and bullet cuts.

The Arcanum is an elegant adaption of the Earscrew and beautifully captures the space within the spiral. This central, sculptural element can be explored using different gemstones in variety of shapes and cuts.

The latest addition to the original Thomas O'Donovan Earscrew exploration is the Sibling Collection. Have fun mixing and matching elements for a unique asymmetrical look to fit your style and mood!

[nggallery id=51]

Nancy Linkin

1.sm_.18K.jpg

Nancy Linkin's passion for metalsmithing began over 35 years ago. She was captivated by the age old process of forming the metal directly with hammers. "The hammer is simply an extension of my hand..." Her exploration of the traditional smithing techniques, raising holloware and forging, started with traditional vessels forms. Soon she began to push the envelope both technically and visually, leaving the rotation form and functional form behind. Asymmetrical table top sculptures and wallpieces were a natural progression for her nature based aesthetic. "Natural forms have always fascinated and excited me: plant forms, earth forms, human forms." Sculptural jewelry was the next step, taking the sculpture off the pedestal and putting it on the body. Nancy did a series of one of a kind sculptural bracelets over the course of two years in the mid-1980’s. The tremendous success of this direction encouraged her to repeat the designs, adding earrings, neckpieces, and pins to her line of bracelets. Over the last 20 years the line has grown with over 80 different designs, each made in a variety of sizes, available in both a Sterling & 18K combination and solid 18K gold. To create each piece, flat patterns are cut from sheets of gold and silver and hammered systematically over specialized tools. Once a piece has been hammered into its final form, it's filed and sanded, then buffed to a high polish. This fine finish accentuates the simple sculptural lines of her jewelry.

[nggallery id=19 caption]

Henry Van Wyck Spencer

floral-with-rubies-12.jpg

Spencer started his career as a metalsmith in 1968. He found the production and sale of of mid-range precious metal adornement to be financially rewarding but personally stultifying. His good fortune allowed him to develop a personal and professional friendship with Louis Feron, a world master in the art of Chasing and Repousse who did custom work for Tiffany of New York and was the primary maker for Shlumberge, one of their designers.

The last twenty years of Henry Spencer’s career has been devoted to exploring the possibilities of Chasing and Repousse. With guidance from Louis Feron he has been able to and continues, to develop the unique effects and techniques of his art form and to discover from within a distinctive and highly personal avenue of expression.

[nggallery id=12 caption]