Anna Clark Studio; Rossland

Anna Clark Studio; fine handmade jewellery, is a local design studio in Rossland.   Clark's jewellery seems Kootenay-nature and earthen elements-inspired, with the use of silver and fired with transparent enamels.  "Designing and making handmade jewellery for individual customers is what I do." 


Meet the artist: BIO
In 1999 after completing jewellery design/making at Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, I set up my own studio in Rossland, British Columbia. I have since become involved in many aspects of the artist's life - craft and trade shows, exhibitions, custom work and consignment sales, open studios, teaching and demonstrating. Currently I work full-time at designing and making jewellery in my studio, I have several production lines that I sell in galleries and online. I also do custom work such as wedding bands and I like to enter my work in exhibitions and make pieces especially for juried shows.

INSPIRATION
Plant forms have been my inspiration since I started making jewellery and the well hasn't run dry yet. Other things that inspire me are: rock forms, running water, natural and man-made textures, textiles, stylised nature, architectural details.

STYLE
What is my style? A clean and simple shape or form, rounded edges and curved lines. Texture and colour are important but there's no getting away from it, I like to be in control of my work not the other way around.

METHODS
Every piece is made in my studio. Before I start work in the metal I open my sketch book and draw and design and doodle and plan, only then do I go to the work bench. The techniques I use are many and varied but include die forming, mill rolling, soldering, kiln firing, stone setting and often a good whack with a hammer.

AWARDS
I have won several awards for my work, including from the Craft Council of British Columbia, the Metal Arts Guild of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.

EXHIBITIONS
I enter as many group exhibitions as I can. Sometimes I am invited to exhibit, other times it is a juried entry. In 2005 I mounted my own solo show 'Primal Instinct' and I am (very) slowly gathering ideas for my next one. Besides exhibiting across Canada I have shown in the USA and in Japan.

Kootenay Wedding thought it would be amazing to have a local designer customize your engagement and wedding rings and/or bridal party gifts.  Her lovely wares may be found on her Etsy shop here and more information can be found at http://www.annaclarkstudio.com/




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