I'm a teaching artist who is passionate about semi-precious gems and texture in silver. I respond to what is visible in the stone, so that it can be enhanced by it's silver setting. I teach because I enjoy interactions with other artists and feel personally rewarded when witnessing excitement that comes with those fabulous ah-hah moments! I love it when my students finish a piece and have a sense of accomplishment and wear their work home.
I teach the process, not the product. I want students to learn how to engineer their own designs. Every week we learn new skills that build on what we learned the previous week with an emphasis on studio safety.
I began my study of jewelry metals, under Kim Boyle and remembered my childhood love of collecting stones. It was a natural progression for me to love using semi-precious gems in my designs. I'm not sure that I've met a gem, that I don't like, and the ones I collect are a bit pricier than in childhood!
My pieces are hand fabricated and not mass produced. I start with sketches on paper around the chosen gemstones. I build the pieces from flat sheets of silver and silver wire. In this way the stones dictate the character of the piece and each piece is as individual as you. I make one of a kind pieces because the stones are all unique. I make my own embellishments using precious metal clay fired in a kiln and/or by saw piercing them.
When you purchase a piece of my jewelry, I hope you'll enjoy it for many years to come. -Dori
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Good News! A New Creation and Dori's Gems are invited back for another Saturday! 121 Park Ave. Swarthmore, PA until noon on Aug. 28th!