Anvil Fire and Time

Anvil Fire and Time

About The Artist

Rejane Pratelli • Blacksburg, VA

Making baskets and jewelry is like drawing 3-dimensional shapes in the air, with wire the outline and paper the color. It’s a wonderful process combining two very different materials and turning them into functional and sculptural objects.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

Each piece is hand-fabricated using both traditional and unconventional techniques. Texture is achieved through reticulation, hammering on organic templates (stones, rusted rail parts), roll printing, and fusion. I design with my hands, letting gems and metals inspire me, and then just start making, which leads each time to a unique piece. Adding gold, pearls or patinas brings balance and light to the wild, organic shapes.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

My work is first and foremost about what it means to be human; to be unique, irrational, beautiful, flawed, ever changing, perfect in our many imperfections Sterling silver is my metal of choice for this exploration of the human sense of self, because, like humans, it offers the paradox of being quite unforgiving, but also amenable to great plasticity when handled appropriately. To me, it’s the perfect medium to represent the dark and light facets of life.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I’m interested in jewelry in relation to the pressure society places on women: we’re supposed to present a flawless appearance not matter how broken we might feel inside. Jewelry is often an accessory used to enhance the look of strength and perfection. But is this the truth of who we really are? Shouldn’t we wear jewelry that is personal, reflects our true self and empowers it? To create truly personal jewelry, I believe one has to design unique pieces or limited series.