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Amy O'Connell - Jewelry Gallery


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I am a mainly self taught jewelry artist from Northampton Massachusetts. I began making jewelry in 1992 while living in Iowa City IA. In 1998 I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue the art jewelry business full time. My background is in the visual arts including painting, design, photography, and sculpture and I incorporate all of these into my work, my business, and my life. In 2002 I enrolled full time in the California College of Arts and Crafts Metalsmithing program (Oakland CA). I will be in the program until 2005. The objects in this gallery are the first of many new works produced at the school. My work is in a state of metamorphosis, I am both surprised and delighted every day by what it is becoming.

“Still life composition study #1"
Life sized copper formed objects, hand raised and forged, the apple is a container. 3 3/4"x 2 3/4”. The grapes are all individually raised with a forged stem and foldformed leaf. 5 1/2" x 3". Coloration with colored pencils. 2003


#2

“Nest of Winged Snakes”

“Nest of Winged Snakes"
Coiled copper nest with 3 cast sterling winged snakes. The eggs are raised and pierced copper, painted with acrylic wash. The nest is 5” across. 2002


#3

“Surrealist Dream Object”

“Surrealist Dream Object"
The vessel is raised from a single disk of copper. It started as a 10” 18 gauge circle and was formed entirly by hammering over steel stakes. The finished piece is 6 1/2" x 4". The stand is copper and sand. 2002


#4

“Peridot Bank”

“Peridot Bank"
Sterling Silver, 18k gold, peridot. The dragon is chased and repoussed. The closed bank is 4” x 4 1/2".


#5

“Perfume Bottle Necklace”

“Perfume Bottle Necklace"
Sterling silver raised perfume bottle. The top is fine silver granulation and a ruby cabochon. The chain is a heavy fine silver triple loop in loop design, 24”. It can be worn as a choker or the toggle can be used as a stand for the bottle. The bottle is 3 1/4" x 1 3/4". 2002


#6

Jurrasic Fossil Neckpiece

Jurrasic Fossil Neckpiece
Sterling Silver Neckpiece with Diosaur Bone and Amber on a heavy double choker. Pendant is 4" x 3 1/2" on a 16"chain


#7

Sun/Moon Series

Sun/Moon Series
Full Moon Earrings: The craters are pierced and slightly domed. Sterling 3/4"

Moon Choker: Sterling Silver choker with large apricot moonstone caged pendant. Cage is 1 1/4" on a handmade loop-and-loop chain. 14k gold rivets.

Large Moon Ring: The domed and pierced top is 1 1/4" wide and holds a 15mm high domed peach moonstone. The “moon dome” is held to the shank by 14k gold rivets. The shank is textured by hammering and is 8x2mm thick.

Eclipse Rings: The tops are domed and pierced and hold a sunstone. The “moon dome” is held to it’s base by 14k gold rivets. The shank is textured by hammering and is 6x2mm thick. Small 1/2", Medium 3/4"


#8

Pyramid Necklace

Pyramid Necklace
This necklace is formed from heavy gauge sterling silver with a hand engraved surface and 14k gold bands. The stone is a sodalite and the chain is a hand made loop-and-loop design. Pendant is 3"x 1 1/2" on a 20" chain.