Theresa St. Romain


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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    I use classic metalsmithing techniques and various metals, alloys, and objects, to make my jewelry designs. I learned from talented metalsmiths, along with playful, yet intense, experimentation and practice. I make to make, enjoying the process and connections, creating my own designs. Currently, I’m explore the concepts of growth, landscape, and construction elements to create pieces with a visual and tactile texture.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: I use the traditional metalsmithing techniques of fabrication, forging, soldering, cold connections, surface texturing, and patinas for my pieces; I work in silver, copper, bronze, brass, and alloy my own shibuichi. These techniques and materials give structure yet allow me to work organically with my designs. They bring a visual and tactile texture to my jewelry –a bumpy, rough, wandering texture, as if the pieces were both grown and fabricated, irregular and planned.

    A: 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.

    A: 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. And I always want things to seem grown or move (or both!), even ones that seem still and structured. This brings a surprise and fun element when a part moves unexpectedly.

    A: I enjoy Mondrian’s paintings, the ones that look like mazes but are actually landscapes. He was seeing the construction lines instead of the overall shape. If you look at a person or a city or a tree, and move in closer, finding the construction lines, looking beyond what it is visually and only see structure – the lines, curves, shapes, and spaces. That structure is now the landscape; to move into as if to walk along its paths.

    A: My art and craft background is in my local community art center in Atlanta, where art and craft are for everyone to get involved in and not limited to academics, galleries, and museums. That center connects across communities, from the newest beginners to long-time creators, from knowledgeable instructors to eager makers. I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to be at both ends of the maker spectrum, learning from the best and then later passing on what I know to those ready to learn.

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