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I created the tiny image using watercolor enamels, a method of painting with finely ground glass and then firing it with a torch. The heat fuses the "paint" to the metal, making it permanent. The minature painting depicts an enormous dust cloud that threatens a stark horizon. In the fireground, telephone poles cast odd shadows.

For the setting of this piece, I wanted to create proportions that are a little strange and unsettling, much like the surreal lighting and giant plume of dust depicted in the scene. I fabricated an extra deep bezel which rests upon a minimal square shank, and set the enamal atop a step within the bezel. I also installed a hidden rattle inside the bezel so it makes a sound like windblown granules when it moves; the idea of this made me smile – like putting an ear to a seashell to listen for looming disaster rather than the sea.

"Dust Bowl"
Ring. Size 7
Watercolor enamel on steel, hidden rattle, sterling silver.

This piece is part of my Tiny Catastrophes series, a collection of limited edition, one-of-a-kind memento mori pieces that explore the fragility of life and our desire to prevent, explain, and control the uncontrollable.

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⁣⁣⁣Brooch in progress.⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣Vitreous enamel; hand...

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𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣Brooch in progress.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣Vitreous enamel; hand painted, torch fired.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣This is one of a series of art jewelry pieces incorporating dead, flightless, and falling birds. I designed these pieces to provoke a strong sense of compassion and charity; they are my response to a pervasive callousness, a call for empathy for others. ⁣

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