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Jean Shaffer

Jean Shaffer Art

Jean Shaffer

Seattle, Washington

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am Washington native who came to metalsmithing later in life. Now I enjoy creating distinctive jewelry that people can wear with confidence in its quality and individuality. My Chinook Indian heritage and years spent hiking, rockhounding, and traveling throughout the western U.S. have molded my artistic vision. My jewelry designs distill the abstract essence of natural landscapes and physical and scientific phenomena.

I love forming and texturing metal. The ability of metal to seemingly “freeze” motion, such as the flutter of a scarf’s fringe, fascinates me. The stones I discover often inspire my designs; I enjoy combining stones into jewelry that has an underlying story to tell the wearer. I also have a deep fondness for glass and often enamel my pieces to expand the colors and surface textures in my designs. In recent years, I have been kiln-fusing fabulous color-changing dichroic glass cabochons and setting them in my one-of-a-kind sterling silver jewelry.

THIS ARTIST SPECIALIZES IN:

Sculptural, Organic, Contemporary, Decorative, Jewelry, Bright, Colorful, Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Indigo, Pink, Purple, Orange, Red, Silver, Turquoise, White, Yellow, Silver, Sterling silver, Copper, Agate, Jasper, Moonstone, Oregon sunstone, Turquoise, Fused, Soldered, Etched, Enamel, Oxidized, Textured, Hand fabricated, Cast, Patina, Bezel set, Broach, Earrings, Necklace, Pendant

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