We collaboratively create jewelry in sterling
silver, inlayed with polymer clay, and strung on
semi-precious stones or stainless steel cables. First, we
create the metal framework for the pieces, either
fabricating directly in sterling, or creating masters in wax
or metal to be molded and cast. Then we mix the colors for
the polymer clay and inlay it into the metal framework. The
clay is then individually patterned using fabricated tools
and found objects. Finally, the pieces are stained to add
contrast to the imprinted patterns.
All work is done by Mary and Lou Ann in our
studio. We do not use employees or assistants.
Chemistry, cellular structure, DNA,
spirituality, the nature of reality and our planetary
travels provide the primary inspiration for color, form and
texture. We are drawn to exploring the void in our work.
The void is the space between breathes/atoms.
The patterns are inspired by the idea of
language and layering of information. Cuneiform, mud cloth
painting, kanji, architectural drafting, and schematics are
'languages' that visually inspire us.