Theresa St. Romain



Theresa St. Romain

About The Artist

Tucker, GA
Jewelry - Metal • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE

Theresa St. Romain uses silver, copper, brass, and handmade shibuichi, as well as metalsmithing techniques such as alloying, fabrication, forging, soldering, cold connections, surface texturing, and patinas, to explore the concept of landscape and construction elements to fabricate, creating pieces with a visual and tactile texture. Theresa lives near Atlanta; she learned her craft from talented instructors and metalsmiths, along with playful, yet intense, on-going experimentation and practice.



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Tell us how your work is made.

I use silver, copper, brass, bronze, and shibuichi, as well as metalsmithing techniques such as alloying, fabrication, forging, soldering, cold connections, surface texturing, and patinas. I alloy my own shibuichi, of various silver content. When I work with the shibuichi sheet, I first heat it with the torch to bring up the reticulation, the surface bubbling, and following the heat of the flame. This patterning helps me figure out what I’ll use the piece for, how I will incorporate that into my design.


What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I love that I can make my own alloys, and then create new things with them. I love that I can create unique textures with my torch on my metal; that I can take it almost to the edge of melting. Also, I construct and fabricate, I build from parts, some very small, and yet make large and dynamic pieces that have movement and flow.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

My work has unexpected dimensions; I "peg" little shapes of metal so that they lift above the back sheet or in their boxes; they look like they are floating. I let them bunch together or tease them apart to add tension. It is a wonderful dimensionality that requires another look. I add found objects sometimes, usually weathered steel or iron. And I always want things to seem grown or move (or both!), even ones that seem still and structured.