Artist: Michael Romanik
Title: Whitebreasted Nuthatch Brooch
Materials:Cloisonne enamel on fine silver, 18K, 22K, 24K, sterling, iolite
Dimensions: 2"h x 2"w x 3/8"d
Artist Statement: This piece won the NICHE Award in the category of "Metal - Enamel" at the 2007 Buyers Market of American Craft wholesale show in Philadelphia PA
Artist: Keith McQueen
Title: Wing Brooch
Materials: Silver, Gear
Artist: Laura Flavin
Title: perched modern bird
Artist: Miel-Margarita Paredes
Title: Fledgling Toy
Materials: pewter, copper, brass
Dimensions: 7 x 12 x 9in
Artist: Rachel Timmins
Title: vulture-lobster mutant
Materials: sterling silver, 14k gold powder, liquid electrical tape, steel springs
Artist: Jennie Milner
Title: city bird country bird
Artist: Daniela Rico
Materials: plata de ley y cobreDimensions:
Artist: Patricia J. Lafaye
Title: duck flying over graveyard point agate on quartz beads
Artist: Paul Mills
Title: Suspended-Animation hummingbird wing
Materials: Forged steel
Artist: Danielle Embry
Title: Ripe brooch
Materials: enamel on copper, sterling silver
Dimensions: 3 1/2" x 2" x 1"
Artist: Dan Buchanan
Title: Daedalus and Icarus
Materials: Fused Glass, Oak, Compact Florescent Lights
Artist: Vickie Hallmark
Title: Soar Open
Materials: fine silver, 22K gold, resin
Artist: Thea Clark
Title: Spring Necklace
Materials: Handmade needle felted wool, silver, found painted steel
Artist: Stevie B
Title: The not so empty nest Brooch
Materials: Sterling Silver, recycled aluminum foil, resin, pigments, marker, gesso, paper, found objects
Artist: Wendy McAllister
Title: Fragile Medal/Brooch
Dimensions: 3" H x 3" W x 3/8" D
Materials: Vitreous enamel, copper mesh, oxidized sterling silver, resin.
Artist Statement: "Fragile" was made for the Anti-War Medal 2008 show at Thomas Mann's I/O Gallery, in New Orleans, LA. This piece refers to the fragility of life on our planet in the threat of a nuclear blast. The dead bird is shown with the international symbol for radioactive warning.
Artist: David Jones and Tess Doran
Title: bird lamp 2
Artist: Barbara Smith
Title: bird brooch
Artist: Jan Hessel
Artist: Birdland Creations
Title: Watch the birdie
Artist: Michael Kline
Title: Platter with Bird
Artist: Paul Andrew Wandless
Materials: Clay Monotype
Artist: Amanda Scheutzow
Title: Raven Silhouette Wall Piece
Artist: Joe R. Apodaca
Title: Bird bath with a shower
Materials: glazed stoneware, brass using Heiki Seppa metal forming techiques
Dimensions: 35 inches high
Description: A colabaration with Pat Horsley
Title: good bird bad bird
Materials: Sterling silver, Carved bone and ebony, artisan glass, amythest
Dimensions: 2”x2”x 3”
Artist Statement: Made for a show of the same name. The subtitle of this ring is "bad day at the bird bath". Many people see the intended humor in this piece. On the other hand, we have actually received death threats in response to this ring. Probably an ornithologist art critic with no sense of humor.
Artist: Dawn M. Miller
Title: ascending cinder
Materials: Copper, Brass, Malachite Ascending
Description: Cinder is a dedication to the civilizations of the Aztecs, Mayans, and Egyptians. The phoenix was an emblem of the sun, and the legend states that the actual bird never really existed in the first place... Evolution of thought turned a hieroglyph into folklore. The body was symbolic of the fiery orb in the sky, and the feathers, its rays. To die every night, and to rise again in the morning fresh and new. Malachite was, in the Renaissance, thought to protect one from the evil eye. On today's terms, it is believed to harbor new beginnings.
Artist: Linda Kaye-Moses
Title: Let It Begin With Me (Anti-War Medals): The Order of Noble Wisdom
Materials: Sterling and Fine Silver; 18k Gold, amethyst, moonstone, shell, freshwater pearls, polymer clay, wood, found objects, silk, paper, acrylic paint and varnish, leather, ink, military ribbon, toner
The Order of Noble Wisdom
2-1/4 inches high x 3-1/2 inches wide x 1-1/4 inches deep
Lone Bird of Peace Medal
3-1/4 inches high x 2 inches wide x 5/8 inch deep
Purple Blossom of Tears Medal
3 inches high x 1-7/8 inches wide x 1-1/4 inches deep
8-1/4 inches high x 7 inches wide x 3-3/4 inches deep
Description: Form-Three Brooches, Nesting Case, ‘Index’ Cards- Jewelry fabrication techniques including, but not limited to: patination,metal clay, riveting, soldering, stonesetting, roll-printing; Assemblage, Image transfer, stencil transfer
Artist: Stephanie J Haddad
Materials: earthenware, coppper oxide wash, outside
Artist: Sergey Jivetin
Title: Poultry Accumulus
Materials: Poultry egg shell, Carbon Fiber, Gold, Steel, Silicone.
Photo by Thomas J. Hilton
Artist: Brandon Holschuh
Title: Moss Ring with Watering Can
Materials: Electroformed Copper, Fabricated, Heat Treated
Artist: Tom Supensky
Title: Aiken Memories
Materials: low-fire vitreous clay body with engobes and clear glaze
Dimensions: 9" x 14" x 9"
Artist: Tom Supensky
Title: Time To Leave
Materials: low-fire vitreous clay body with engobes and clear glaze
Dimensions: 14" x 12" x 9"
Description: The inscription in Arabic translates as follows: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spitit of brotherhood.
Artist: Beverly Tadeu
Title: Caged Freedom
Dimensions: H: 32.0 W: 1.25 D: .75 (inches)
Materials: Necklace constructed of a hand-built sterling silver cage containing an oxidized, forged twig branch with an 18k gold formed leaf and hand-wrought and formed chain.
Photographer: Ralph Gabriner
Artist Statement: Caged Freedom expresses a moment in time; it is about discovery, confinement and transformation.
Artists : Kathleen Brughelli
Title: A Bird on the Hand
Dimensions: 2" x 2" ring
Materials: cast sterling silver, forged, oxidized and polished
Artist’s Statement (brief) about the piece: A Bird on the Hand was an exploration in presenting a popular theme in a realistic context and extending a ring into space sculpturally and functionally. The ring extends both upwards and outwards from the wearer’s hand, drawing attention to the bird nestled among the branches.
Artist: Chris Berti
Title: Gray Finch
Materials: Carved brick
Dimensions: 3.5" x 3" x 7.5"
Artist statement: Carving pre-fired, found ceramic brick and tile is similar to how an archaeologist exposes an artifact or fossil in a rock. I like objects
possessing a sense of mystery and respond to art which presents the essence of something, both the tangible and intangible, and thus speaks to the viewer on a primal level. Through compactness of form, stylization, removing from ordinary context, and humor, it is my hope that these works communicate on that level.
Through delving beneath the surface of the bricks, uncover the rich, varied colors, imbedded within old bricks resulting from the reduction atmosphere in early to pre-twentieth century firing processes. Revealing unexpected colors and visual textures can only be achieved through the carving process as the exterior of the bricks appear a uniform color like any other bricks. The colors add an element of spontaneity to the process as I work from the associations presented on the interior of the brick.
The carved, brick birds are a continuing series for me. I seek the warm, rich colors found in the unprocessed clay of old, discarded brick. For me, these surfaces are also analogous to multicolored birds such as orioles and finches. I try to instill something human in the archetypal birds I carve
Artist: Rimas VisGirda
Title: Champaign to LA
Materials: Coilbuilt white stoneware with decomposed granite, wax inlay, UG pencil, overglazes, lusters
Dimensions: 23" x 6" x 10.5"
Artist statement: I taught a year long sabbatical replacement for Philip Cornelius at PasadenaCity College. My wife, Billie Theide, took a leave of absence for the Spring term from her position at University of Illinois and brought our dog, Dorothy, and bird, Fred, out West. We lived at The Brewery artists' lofts in a combination studio/living space at the edge of East LA, about a mile out of downtown Los Angeles. This piece commemorates her visit.
Artist: Jessica Kreutter
Title: Wee Whirler
Artist: Teresa Faris
Title: Collaboration With a Bird
Materials: Sterling Silver, Wood Carved by a Bird
Dimensions: 2" x 2" x3/4"
Artist statement: While working through the ideas of fragility, memory, and connectedness I find myself thinking about the link that we have to all living things and the complexities and absurdity of the ideas of superiority. In reaction to this research I began and ongoing series titled: A Collaboration with a Bird. These pieces are constructed of metal and wood objects that have been carved by a bird.
Artist: Tod Pardon
Title: Ulala B. Brooch
Materials: Sterling Silver, 14k yellow gold, pigment, glass, Ebony, sim. ivroy,turqouise,pearl.
Dimensions: 5x1/12" without base
Artist statement: Over the past ten years the content in my work has been influenced by many elements that are vast, varied, and personal. I see it as an expression of life's inherent duality and instability.
There are contradictions of; anxiety and humor, good and evil. The humor and color play an important role in contrast to the sometimes screaming pieces. Much like the Balinese Barong dance of good versus evil . The character I’m drawn to most is Rangda, Queen of the Leyaks. A bloodthirsty, child-eating, witch-widow mistress of black magic. She is feared and nasty but is portrayed and acts in a comical way. It’s like you can’t see the light without the dark. Or as Rabindranath Tagore, the well known poet from India says, “truth in her dress finds facts too tight, in fiction she moves with ease.”
What intrigues me most about the work I create is that the viewer picks up on the fun and colorful aspects first. Then they view the object in many different ways. Which is what I intend. They are usually viewed as anthropomorphic or ornithological. It is up to the viewer. If I may quote Tagore again, "What seems to be coming at you is really coming from you”.
Artist: Emily Watson
Title: Littlest birds brooch
Materials: laminated wood, argentium and sterling silver, synthetic amethyst
Dimensions: 3" x 2 1/4" x 3/4"
Artist: Emily Watson
Title: Solo flight brooch
Materials: faux bone, dyed and plasticized wood, sterling
Dimensions: 2 1/2" x 1 3/4" x 1/2"
Artist statement: While I have recently focused on creating jewelry from obscure materials intended for other purposes, certain imagery appears consistently in my work. I am drawn to bird forms for their range of metaphors and the emotions they evoke: of freedom or capture, escapism or confinement, nester or free-spirit.
About the Curators:
is a life-long artistic collaboration between Corliss Rose and John Lemieux Rose. The couple currently work in the mediums of jewelry, electronic and performance art. Their art has been widely exhibited and published Internationally for over 25 years.
is an alum of SUNY New Paltz and Oberlin College, currently making jewelry in wood, plastic, metal, and various other found materials. "I also enjoy enameling, dyeing textiles, carving, painting, and trying to decide what to make next."