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[New Orchid Gallery] Charlene Cross

Charlene Cross

After enjoying a career in exhibit development and design, both for
a science museum as well as the tradeshow industry, I discovered the
world of jewelry design and creation.

The tactile nature of working with metal is so pleasing, in
particular after working for so many years at a computer. I love the
plastic nature of metals and the designs that are possible as a

I am constantly exploring and experimenting to design new and
exciting pieces.

Charlene Cross
Crozet, VA. USA

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The design and creation of the work I do is an intimate, dynamic
process. Whether beginning with a preconceived design or testing out
new ideas, I recognize when a piece starts to define itself and to
work with that energy.

While I love working with metal, the luminosity of transparent glass
fascinated me when I discovered vitreous enamel. My choice of using
enamels provides the platform for much experimentation, which for
me, keeps the creative process fresh and exciting.

Most of my work is in the cloisonne genre, a highly labor intensive
process. However, after completing several cloisonne pieces, I find
freedom and vigor in hammering and forming metal. The experience of
fold forming allows for the creation of more sculptural metalwork.
The combination of cloisonn? and sculptural metalwork is a new
direction I am currently exploring.

I find nature provides the perfect subject matter for creating with
shimmering, transparent enamels. From the obviously beautiful to the
unsettling, there is noe end to the opportunities for interpreting
nature’s creations with metal and enamels.

The metal work that is part of the pieces I make is as important as
the enamel work, I believe. I’m continually learning and
experimenting with new metal techniques. Together the two support
and enrich the viewers experience

Passion is contagious! Show us your passion, Show us your work!

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