Sinking Spring PA
My jewelry collection, Lasting Impressions from the Ocean, is comprised of solid sterling silver designs created from a technique known as cuttlefish bone casting. Through this process, I feel like I’m truly working hand-in-hand with nature to create something completely unique and beautiful.
Having studied metalsmithing for fine jewelry for the past 6 years, I’ve been able to explore many different fabrication techniques. When I was introduced to cuttlebone casting, I knew I had found something that provided textures and patterns that couldn’t be achieved in other ways.
The Ancient Art of Cuttlebone Casting
Carving and casting into cuttlefish bone is a centuries-old metalsmithing technique that was popular throughout the Mediterranean. This bone (which is really an internal shell used for buoyancy) makes a perfect vessel for creating jewelry.
As the artist, I carve a design into this soft bone, but the final piece retains natural striations unique to each individual bone- thereby allowing nature to make its contribution to the final design. Every cast piece is imparted with an individual texture and pattern- like a fingerprint.
Because each hand-carved design is destroyed in the process of casting with molten sterling silver, the carving can only be used once. No two cast pieces are ever identical.
Finished pieces in this collection are enhanced by the addition of a cultured pearl, gemstone, or natural stone cabochon.
In addition to metalsmithing, I have years of experience working in other mediums: stained glass, fused glass, and landscape/nature oil paintings. I’ve found that my experience practicing theories of composition, color, and texture in one medium can be expressed across a variety of mediums in unique and sometimes surprising ways.
I live in Pennsylvania and vacation in Wellfleet as often as I can!
(How cuttlebones are sourced: The bones from naturally deceased cuttlefish float ashore onto beaches around the world and are collected, or they are a waste product when used as food.)