Chasing Ghosts

I have been chasing an idea of bringing layered translucency into my narrative jewelry for a few years with the intention of capturing feelings of memory and loss. 

Recently, I landed on an interesting direction that incorporates layering, depth, and light that I am eager to continue to explore. Depending on how the pieces are viewed, the figures in the foreground disappear like an apparition – a trick of the light. Like most of my work, the concept behind this particular piece is based on an original poem.

The imagery I selected for these pieces reflects themes and words from my writing, which is also captured in hand engraved excerpts. This skill of engraving is something I began learning around a year ago as a means of incorporating my poetry into my metalwork in a more refined way rather than etching, which is the technique I used in the past. After much frustration, confusion, and practice, my engraved script is beginning to take form; this is an exciting advancement toward the look I have always imagined for my work.

Hand engraving has become an important technique in my work.

My messy bench in the mid-maelstrom of ideation.

The in-progress piece above incorporates an inscription from a longer poem.

These pieces incorporate snapshots of strangers; I have removed their loved ones with gouache, excised bits of their unfamiliar spaces, and trinkets, and fathers with a scalpel, and I veiled their faces in layers of golden mica, and all at once I am called to recon with the insignificance of my own monuments. But this is not sad. Rather it is a miracle that these ethereal memories — cells that contain all the world’s loves and suffering and stories — have ever existed at all. 

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  • Hilda M Rudolph

    Your work was introduced to me by another jeweler named Cynthia Renee.
    I am so happy that she did that. Your work is exceptional.

  • Mary Schroeder

    You inspire me!

  • Janet

    Teressa, I am loving my eye ring and wear it daily. It helps me stay focused on what is truly important in my life. I love all of your work and am eager to learn from you. If you decide to teach, we would love to have you teach at The Metal Arts Guild of Georgia!

  • april

    Teresa, Love seeing your journey and your new work. It is beautiful. You inspire me to continue exploring! April

  • Terri B.

    Your continued probing and exploring of new techniques to give voice to your work is an inspiration. Bravo on the engraving!

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