Valerie Mitchell

Owen's Peak necklace (Desert Landscape Series, 2004), Sterling silver, enamel on fine silver, cement, 17in longPendulum Pendant, antique Czech glass, vitreous enamel on hollow copper, oxidized Sterling silver, silk crochet, 18in necklace/7.5 x 1in pendant, (photo: G. Post)Wheat Drop post earrings, brass & garnet druzy stones, 3inWheat, Soil, Root necklace, Sterling silver, brass, Brazilian agate, electroform copper, patina, 19in long necklace, (5in pendant only)
Pebble collar, oxidized Sterling silver & 18k gold

"This body of one of a kind jewelry engages two current themes with limited edition work, in silver, gold, brass, copper, enamel and raw stones.

The Juxtaposed series brings unrelated elements together, items that could be opposites, falling together naturally and creating a new balance. For example, the way unlikely things are blown (drawn) together in windstorms, creating a unique form of contrast in which light/dark, hot/cold or rough/smooth conjure physical and intellectual response.

My work has examined the form of organic structure for many years through various materials. I am interested in the origin of form, what structure is underneath and the universality of these biomorphic forms.

Use of vitreous enamel brings color and texture into the work. Joie de Vrie necklace combines this with fine silver and copper, evoking a plant blossoming to express a feeling of life. While many of my forms are large, care is given to wear and how items are joined to move with the body.

My newest series uses positive and negative spatial relationships that occur in nature. Kiln fired vitreous enamels on fine silver or copper are set to express their dimensionality, some with integrating elements juxtaposed. Creating a sense of containment, holding or wrapping, while metaphorically it is only space being held."
--Valerie Mitchell, 2014

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