Thursday, January 17, 2008

guest star friday

i was thinking the other day that i want to write about another jeweler's work maybe once a week and then thought maybe friday would be a good day for that. it's friday today's guest star friday with sarah loertscher. sarah is an amazing jeweler. she makes these light, airy wire structures that are both expertly and thoughtfully made. Most of her current work is based on her "interest/obsession with rocks and crystalline structure and how a few straight lines can rapidly turn into a chaotic mass. when constructing a piece of jewelry, [she tries] to either repeat a basic line into a tangled structure or distill forms down into their structural supports."

the above image is titled "structure necklace" and it's made of sterling silver. sarah emailed me after she finished this piece, excited that it had more than 300 solder joints. over 300.

i met sarah at the penland school of crafts a few years ago while i was assisting in a summer class and sarah was a core student. since then we have become very good friends. i admire her aesthetic and her craftsmanship very much.

sarah is part of a group show that opens today at velvet da vinci gallery in san francisco. if you live in the bay area you should go to the opening and/or gallery talk or stop by during the show's run. (or stop by whenever, really. this gallery has incredible studio jewelry. definitely one of my favorite galleries.) here's some info:

new west coast design - jewelry and metalwork
january 16 - february 17
artists' reception: friday, january 18, 6-8pm
gallery talk: saturday, january 19, 6:30pm
velvet da vinci -
2015 polk st, san francisco, ca 94109

besides the velvet da vinci show, you can also find sarah's work on etsy, (her shop is "lucy machine"), at the penland gallery in penland, nc and at quirk gallery in richmond, va.

thanks for reading.

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