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Jan Bennett

Metal / Zachary, LA

Artist Statement

metal smith. I fabricate my jewelry starting with raw materials, sterling sheet and 6-20 gauge silver wire, using mixed media, 14kt gold accents & whatever else seems to make the piece "happen". Me, myself & I, hammer, saw, file, solder, stamp, bless and yes, even polish my own pieces. I love to use rivets or what we call "cold connections" to allow my pieces to have moving parts. I have also invented a few of my designs by carving wax and using the process of lost wax casting.

Biography

In love with the Caribbean Sea, I began my expression thru jewelry by bezeling sea glass that I had gathered off the beaches of St. Croix. As a self-taught metal smith, PADI Scuba Instructor, and a Pisces, I lived in the Virgin Islands for 17 years before I made a move to Louisiana in 2006. Having strong family ties to Louisiana, witnessing Katrina and Rita from St. Croix, was an awakening experience for me. I made the move after Katrina to be a part of the rebuilding process in any way that I could. Currently I live and work in both the U. S. Virgin Islands and Louisiana. As life experiences both challenge and inspire my spirit, I focus my designs on life's ever changing tides. I have melted precious metals with emotions (sometimes, adding a bit of whimsy) to create my line of jewelry. I personally design my pieces beginning with a simple message or image that I want to share. I fabricate my jewelry starting with raw materials, sterling sheet and 6-20 gauge silver wire, using mixed media, 14kt gold accents & whatever else seems to make the piece "happen". Me, myself & I, hammer, saw, file, solder, stamp, bless and yes, even polish my own pieces. I love to use rivets or what we call "cold connections" to allow my pieces to have moving parts. I have also invented a few of my designs by carving wax and using the process of lost wax casting. Nearly every piece was designed and created to be worn as a token of personal energies, inspirations and experiences which have shaped our lives.