Port Townsend Gallery December Featured Artists
Jewelry Five: Addy Thornton, Shirley Moss, Kristen Wade, Martha Collins, Andrea Guarino-Slemmons
Addy Thornton’s recent focus is showcasing stones in her jewelry. She is intrigued by the beauty of the Jasper's that mimic a landscape of trees in the snow, abstract paintings or distant planets. She favors looking at the translucent stones such as Prehnite and Aventurine that evoke memories of scuba diving in the murky waters of the Pacific Northwest. Other stones elicit memories of a starry sky on a moonless night far away from any other interference. Set an opal for the moon and it's beautiful. Then there are simply the "pretties" to be set into rings, especially her favorite, the opal family with their flashes of colored light. Addy is also focusing on kinetic jewelry using hinges in her pendants. In some of the bracelets she uses a feature developed by E.L. Levin that has interesting twirling mechanisms. She strives for her jewelry to be unique and to stand up to the test of time.
Shirley Moss, The Chainmaker, did her first show in 1971. She was blessed to have a patient Jewelry instructor who took Shirley under her wing for three years. During that time she learned how to recreate designs previously made by her Grandfather. Shirley initially made a chain of tiny links to replace one that her Grandfather had made for her Mother. It got lost over the years. Replacing the lost chain was the first step to Shirley becoming The Chainmaker. She found that she had a gift of patience which suited her in making handmade chains. The process of making chains is simple, but could seem tedious to some. Shirley found it more as a meditation in metal. Starting with long rolls of sterling silver wire, she coils it into springs and hand saws all her own links. Once she has the links, the real work begins. With only a pair of pliers and a magnifying lamp, Shirley one by one puts together the links to form a wide variety of strong but fluid chains. Some chains take as many as 32 links per inch. Shirley also works in 14 k. gold, gold fill and copper.
Kristen Wade will be showing designs from her “Under the Sea” collection, featuring sterling silver jewelry that is textured and patterned with sea urchins. This is in addition to her “Botanical Prints” collection, which is textured by live plants such as jasmine, strawberry fig and sage leaves from her garden. Both collections include earrings, pendants and bracelets, designed and handmade by the artist. Kristen has been a jeweler for over 20 years, creating unique, wearable art from glass, metal and gemstones. Her designs are inspired by nature, and she has shown her work in numerous galleries and arts & craft shows throughout the West Coast.
The goal of Martha Collins is to create personal, unique, 3-dimensional works of art with exotic hardwoods and brightly colored veneers. She looks for color, texture, and grain in the hardwoods and accentuates these with veneer that she hand-dyes. The artist uses woods only from sustainable yield forests. Since 1998 she has been producing a full line of jewelry, bowls and tableware. She shows her work at the finest craft shows in the country, including the American Craft Council shows. The “Ooom” bracelet has 12 different species of wood and artist dyed veneer. There are 50 pieces of wood in each bracelet and they come in sizes from XS to XL.
Andrea Guarino-Slemmons will feature some of her hand made glass beads after taking a 3 year break. Andrea has been making glass beads for 30 years and felt the need to walk away from it for a while. She has shown her beads in many shows all over the world. She is excited to be back on the torch playing with glass again! Also she is cutting some of her beads in half and bezel setting them with silver to create beautiful one of a kind earrings, pendants and rings. Andrea draws a lot of inspiration from the nature that surrounds her. Come to gallery walk and see her wide ranging designs using beads, stones and beach glass.
The Port Townsend Gallery at 715 Water Street is open from 10 to 6 Sunday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday 10 am to 7 pm. Please join the artists for the Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8 pm on Saturday, December 7th. For more Gallery information, phone (360) 379-8110 www.porttownsendgallery.com.