Guest at Studio at 511
511 South Nursery Avenue Purcellville, VA 20132
Loudoun Valley, Stop #21
I began working with sterling silver in 2000 in Tucson, Arizona. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show had a major impact on my art and propelled me to make not just jewelry but wearable art. I was inspired by hand-forged techniques that manipulated the metal with hammers. My work is inspired from designs found in nature and textures that are part of our everyday life.
My designs are created using sterling silver, brass, glass beads, stoneware or porcelain clay. The majority of my designs include earrings, necklaces, and pendants.
Metal jewelry... Sterling silver and brass metals are forged using a cold hammering technique or embossed on a press. I use a printmaking press with a zinc plate to emboss designs into material. Metal is then bent or formed into one-of-a-kind unique designs. Some pieces are soldered with brass while others are embellished with glass or stone beads that are hand selected for each design.
Ceramic designs... Clay pendants and earrings are created using traditional stoneware. Porcelain clay is glaze fired to cone 5 or 6. Clay is stamp pressed using the artist's own designs and found seed pods. Clay jewelry is finished with silver and/or leather findings.
My love of jewelry and combining various materials is a reflection of my education. I studied art at Maryland Institute of Art, the Pennsylvania State University (B.S.), and the University of Arizona (Master of Arts). My studio background in printmaking and ceramics has influenced the texture and choice of medium for my jewelry designs at DeMarkwear Jewelry.
Offering on tour: Necklaces, pendants, earrings, and other jewelry. Refreshments. Demonstrations.
Visit Lori DeMark at Studio at 511
From Main Street in Purcellville, turn south on 32nd Street (Route 690), then left onto Nursery Avenue. Ours is the fourth house on the left. Studio in back.