Over a period of 30 years, David has developed what began as a hobby into a serious second career as a master jeweler/metal smith artist. His engineering background lends a certain precision and inventiveness to his work, which has at the same time astudied looseness of style. David’s sculptural bronze vessels and containers derive from the influence of his mother’s extensive bottle collection that he admired as a child. Through the use of distinctive forms and textures, David’s pieces are imbued with a sense of ritual evocative of antiquity, but maintain a freshness of line that appeals to the modern eye. This idea has been carried over into a series of vessel jewelry pieces. With his elegant jewelry, he selects and cuts stones of unusual form, color, or surface texture to incorporate.
David has developed his metal skills by attending workshops with internationally known metal artists, and by extensive self study and research. He exhibits in national level juried art shows with his wife, Sandra, and has won several Best of Show, and First Place awards. His pieces are included in exhibitions across the country, in the permanent collection of the Ohio Craft Museum and several jewelry design books. He also designed the medallion for the Ohio Scholastic Awards.
The process that he employs is lost wax casting in which an original model is intricately carved or formed with various types of wax, then embedded into a plaster-like material. The wax is burned away (lost) in a kiln leaving a space into which the metal is poured. David also utilizes many traditional and ancient jewelry-making techniques in his work.
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