Keenan, Diana

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Diana Keenan was born in Tokyo, Japan. She received her B.A. in art education from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in New Jersey. She worked for several years as an art teacher. In later years she used her artistic skills as a dental laboratory technician (A.S. Pensacola State College) making precision customized dental prosthetics. There she honed her technical skills ( in metal and porcelain) that she later translated into creating jewelry. She mentored with enamellist James Carter and has taken classes with enamellist Kristin Anderson along with metalsmith Tim Lazure, Betty Helen Longhi and Doug Reiser. She makes enamel and Cloisonné enamel jewelry along with metal jewelry. She predominantly works with sterling silver, fine silver (.999) and copper. She has participated for many years with Metal Works Guild in the Greater Gulf Coast Art Festival Heritage Arts and received an Award of Excellence in 2016. In 2018, participating in her first solo show, she received an Award of Merit Jewelry at the Riverwalk Art Festival in Milton, Fl. She currently resides and works in Pensacola Florida.
 

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Desposito, Martha

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Martha Desposito - Jewelry and Glass Artist Born and raised in Pensacola, I developed an appreciation for marine life and the beauty of the water that surrounds us in this community.  Many of my jewelry pieces seek to recreate this beauty in terms of color and form.

After a Lampwork Glass class taken here in Pensacola, I knew I wanted to pursue this medium.  Making Lampwork Glass involves melting glass rods in a torch and wrapping the melted glass onto a mandrel.  Many colors and forms can be produced in this way.  Control and technique play a huge roll in determining the success of a glass piece.  This is an ongoing developmental process of me.

Martha Desposito - Jewelry and Glass Artist Coming from the background of a painter, I grew to love the use of bright colors in my paintings.  As the interest in melting glass grew, I knew that this use of color would come into play in any glass forms I created.

My current jewelry, fan pulls and other forms, will always include the use of my hand made glass beads, and can include sterling silver beads and findings, vermeil beads (sterling silver base with a gold coating of at least 10K), pewter, freshwater pearls, purchased glass beads, bone, stone, base metal, wire, leather cord or other materials.
 

EDUCATION

1990 M.F.A., Painting, University of Kentucky
1986 B.F.A., Cum Laude, Fiber Design, Allen R. Hite Institute of the University of Louisville

 

PROFESSORSHIPS

6/94 – 12/99     Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH – Adjunct Professor                                           
8/93 – 12/94 Lakeland Community College, Mentor, OH – Adjunct Professor
8/92 – 12/94 Notre Dame College, Cleveland, OH – Adjunct Professor
1/90 – 5/90 Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN – Adjunct
8/89 – 12/89 University of Louisville, Louisville, KY – Adjunct Professor

 
 

Rennie, Diane

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Diane Rennie I consider myself to be a fine art jewelry artist. Although I am trained bench jeweler and graduate gemologist from the reknown Gemological Institute of Amercica (GIA), my real love is designing and creating my own line of jewelry.

My journey to becoming a fine art jewelry artist began as a child. I always loved doing arts and crafts and dabbled in many art forms, to include drawing, painting, clay and fiber arts. My ideas about art were inspired by the many camping trips my parents took us on. My Dad was an engineer and a photographer and during those camping trips, immersed in nature, I began to appreciate what he saw: how wondrous and beautiful the world could be. On one of those trips to the Great Lakes, I discovered a Lake Superior Agate. I was entralled by it’s colors and patterns. Suddenly, I had a new fascination: rocks!! But it wasn’t until I was an adult, with a husband and child, and in the midst of an Army nursing career (Women’s Healthcare Nurse Practitioner) that I got the chance to take my first lapidary and silver smithing class. It was a transformative moment of my life and I knew, going forward, that one day I would be a jewelry artist.

Fast forward to 1998, I left my 20+ year career in nursing and “ran away” for 7 months to GIA to gain the real skills I needed to work in precious metals and gemstones. By this time, we had settled into our community of Gulf Breeze, Florida.

Living in this coastal environment, I have been constantly stimulated by nature in and
around the water: the watchful eye of the heron, the regal flight of a pelican, the stunned
expression of a blowfish caught on a fishing line, the sugary white beach sands and the
shimmering emerald color Gulf.

It’s taken many years to find my own particular style in my jewelry art, but I have come to
realize it all leads back to my roots and earlier life. I still take “care” of women, but in a
different way…my seabird collection and my mokume gane collection, in a small way, honors
my Dad…..little photographic frames of coastal birds and scenes….. textures we saw in
tree bark on our camping trips across the country.

I hope my jewelry brings you back to a time you were immersed in nature.

Materials I use to create my jewelry include:

– 22, 18, & 14 karat (KT) yellow, white and rose gold,
– Fine Silver (FS)
– Sterling Silver (SS)
– Copper (Cu)
– Bronze (BRZ)
– Natural gemstones
 

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Williams, Dave

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Oxley, Joy

May 01, 2013 1 Comment

 

As an artist, I am drawn to the sparkle and twinkle of glass! Reflections of color and light, it’s riveting glisten, begs to be created and captured in unique shapes. It is a connection with art and beauty that speaks to the soul.

The fused dichroic glass design in the photo above, is made using a kiln, diamond saws, and lapidary equipment. These gold filled settings are cold connection work, made using a file, pliers, hammer and steel. I use a lot of silver wire, hammering, and bending into shape with my hands and tools to create original settings.

My other passion in the world of glass is lampworking (torch work), using pyrex. It’s resilience, clarity, and endless colors evoke wonder, conversation; and accentuate everyone’s own sense of style.

The materials that I use to create my wearable art glass have been manufactured in the USA.
You can see more of my work at www.theoregonrain.com

 

Holland, Marcia

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Chandler, Christine

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Artist Christine Chandler

Artist Christine Chandler

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True art was created when God spoke this world into being.  We, as artists in any medium, take what already is, and mold it into an expression of what our soul has to say about it.  I have been a member of Blue Morning Gallery since 2007 with my photography.  In 2010 I also joined in the creation of Pearl and Leather Jewelry.

As a photographer I cannot limit myself to just one genre.  I see beauty in everything I look on and everywhere I look.  My desire with photography is to somehow capture that moment, to gaze upon it again, and experience what my soul says about it.  Art to me opens the doorway within ourselves that so many people close off due to the ritual of everyday life.  It can make us laugh and smile.  It can also make us cry and feel sadness.  It is all good, because it says, “I am Alive!”

My Jewelry creations are also about nature.  Taking the raw and simple pearls and leather and creating beautiful pieces of jewelry.  I call it an “Earthy Elegant” look.  Just as in photography, jewelry making needs a creative eye of balance and composition.  In my jewelry pieces I only use high quality pearls that I drill to fit the 2mm leather.  I also have incorporated some Sterling Silver into some of my designs.

Along with being involve as an artist at Blue Morning Gallery, I also participate in numerous Art Festivals throughout the South Eastern United States.  Plus I also have a very strong online presence at www.ChristineChandler.com.
 

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