Sculpture to Wear, Art to Use, Craft for Celebration
All my work is hand wrought, mostly using the hammer to raise vessels or forge jewlery or components used in the work. The work is sculptural in nature to bring out the natural attributes of the metal. I use silver and gold and sometimes incorporate gem stones as accents or focal points. Most of my work is “one of a kind” though I have produced various versions of some objects.
I love to make things from precious metals. Silver and gold are magical materials for me – soft enough to be transformed with a hammer and anvil into an endless variety of forms and objects; hard enough for the form to be sound; with reflective properties that enhance the final form.
Working with a hammer to transform these materials is a fascinating process for me. The material changes shape before my eyes – often in unexpected ways. Frequently it is these unexpected changes that provide the most exciting aspects of the final form, but I have to be open to see their potential and let go of my preconceived ideas. The shape of the space between the metal elements or the shadow the piece makes are often as important to the piece as the form of the metal itself.
Creating these objects is also a playful act for me which shows in some of the results; the movement of a vase when touched; the apparent precarious balance of a vessel on its base; the random pattern between the elements of a bracelet; the zigzag form of a necklace.
Everything I create is individually hand crafted from sheet or wire, and each piece is unique. I am most satisfied when the object I have created is both pleasing to look at and to use – as an article of adornment; a container for flowers or candles; a vessel for a special or ceremonial occasion.
A Show of Hands, Alexandria VA
Also by appointment.
Hand Workshop Craft and Design Show, Richmond VA, Mid November. www.visarts.org
Purchase or Commission
Objects can be purchased directly from the artist using the contact above or through the web site www.luxmooresilver.com
The artist wecomes enquiries about commissions and will happily undertake that work!
Primarily self taught. Classes at Penland School, Haystack Mountain School of Craft.
Featured on cover of May 2, 2004 issue of “The Living Church”
Hoover and Strong Award for Precious Metal Design, Hand Wrokshop Craft and DEsign Show 2003
2nd place, “Art for Living” at Artisan’s Center of Virginia, 2002
Best in Show, Richmond Craftsman’s Guild 1998 show