Guest at White House Ceramic Studios
16 East Pennsylvania Avenue Lovettsville, VA 20180
Catoctin Region, Stop #5
I create handmade jewelry made from .999 pure silver and sterling silver, including necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and brooches, often embellished with precious or semi-precious stones. I have been a professional artist for nearly three decades, with experience in a wide range of mediums including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, ceramics and metal arts — all expertise I integrate into my jewelry techniques, resulting in designs that are uncommon, fresh, and original. I believe each piece of jewelry tells a story and I pride myself in delivering a product that is not only a beautiful piece of art, but also one that will be valuable and enduring. The process of creating something from nothing is my true passion — it often involves a personal connection, a story, a beautiful aspect of nature or simply a unique idea.
I use a revolutionary medium called metal clay in which precious metal particles are mixed with an organic binder and water. In this raw form, its properties are like that of clay which allows me to mold and design each piece individually. Once fired at approximately 1,500 degrees in a kiln, the organic binder burns off, and what is left is .999 fine silver.
Another technique I use for a limited number of pieces is lost wax casting. This is a method in which molten silver is poured into a mold that has been created from a wax model.
Once the mold is made, the wax model is melted and drained away.
This technique is useful for producing a series of the same piece without having to create each one from scratch in metal clay.
My work is inspired by the idea of a creative existence. This concept speaks to my fascination with the steampunk genre – the sense of longing not for the actual past, but a reinterpretation of a fantastical past through art.
Steampunk often combines the natural world with the entrepreneurship of invention, giving way to imaginary creations with repurposed objects that combine to make mechanical contraptions. It is, in essence, a physical expression of the spirit of adventure.
My challenge with my art is to create
works that could spark someone’s imagination as well – leading the viewer to wonder where the components came from, what they mean and what they do.
founded Zia Design LLC in 2011. She is a participating artist at the Arts in the Village Gallery in Leesburg, Virginia. Her work is exhibited in local juried shows and pop-up events.
Offering on tour: Handmade silver necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and rustic decorative wooden crosses with bronze rosettes. Refreshments.
Visit Teresa Jardines at White House Ceramic Studios
From Route 287 North, before you arrive in Lovettsville, turn right on Loudoun Street (just past the gas station and fire house), then turn left on Pennsylvania Avenue. The studio is the first house on the left.