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[Welcome] New Members for December 14, 2015

Please welcome our newest members…

Brendan Davidson
Brunswick, Maine. USA

I began experimenting with metals at 8 years old making toy soldiers
from lead while living in Ireland. My fascination with
transformation of raw materials into creative objects led me to
pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rochester Institute
of Technology (go Tigers!) I gained a lot of practical knowledge and
experience working for some of the top jewelers in New York City in
sales, repairs and eventually design.

Most of my earliest designs have a Celtic theme which is owed to my
childhood in Ireland where my love of rugged nature was bred. I
enjoy using stones and fossils in my pieces for their simplistic
connection to the earth.

As my work progressed I began incorporating these elements into more
traditionally designed pieces and getting more comfortable with
especially diamonds. I’ve made engagement rings for
several friends and it’s always such an honor to get that request.

My latest bent is toward even less traditional designs, really just
embracing what speaks the loudest. Apparently skulls are really
loud. My recent designs have developed an edgier element that
represent a shift in perspective, of the world and where I stand in
it. These recent designs represent a playful pursuit of happiness
along this long, strange, savage road.

Robert Klander
Princeton, WV. USA

I make stoneware pots and jewelry. Pots are comprised primarily of
functional ware as well as vessels with faces, ceramic masks, some
sculpture. In addition, I spend a fair amount of time through the
year producing wire-wrapped pendants, and various accessories made
from sheet copper and silver

Scott Grinstead
Jacksonville, USA

I began making jewelry about 4 years ago. I really enjoy working
with metal and natural stones.