As you may know, Kimberly teaches Jewelry Fabrication at the Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre. One of her long time students has generously given a testimonial of Kimberly’s class:
I love making things. Creating jewelry is an extension of my art and experimental animation practice. My work explores stillness within movement, the significance of small gestures and non-verbal ideas related to the body, life cycles, emotional and spiritual states of being. My films have screened at numerous international film festivals and museums. In addition, I am a Full Professor in the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.
Titled “Midnight,” this piece is sterling silver, with a beautiful sodalite cabochon. I used two cuttlebone castings to make the figure and the bail. I think of the cat-like creature as an ancestor, riding high in the sky above us, watching.
Kimberly is an exceptional and patient teacher. I have been taking her classes for many years and will continue to do so as long as I can. I love our class, making and learning about silver fabrication.
Turn up the heat this summer with this striking pendant. Indian Moss agate is my favorite semi-precious gemstone, and what better way to accentuate it then with a cuttle bone casting silver accent? This piece has an tourmaline bead riveted to the top of a sterling decoration and a rich looking orange pear shaped faceted citrine hanging below. Price $245.
This commissioned piece from October 2015 is a good example of how existing jewelry can be turned into something new. In this piece, Ron had a green stone tigereye ring that broke at the shank. We came up with a fun solution to use the tigereye stone in a sterling silver pendant that could open up, revealing a small space, perfect for hiding something secret in. Since the tigereye is shaped like a skull, we added a cross bone design to where the secret box snaps shut. I even added a hinge to the bail at the top to make it moveable, so almost ‘flutters in the wind’. Yo HO Yo HO! A pirates life for… Ron!
Mermaids love to show off their treasures! This sterling silver mermaid pendant is about 1 ½ inches long with a seashell bail and holds a most precious gift from the sea; a 6.5 mm round pinkish pearl. Priced at $160.
In this stunning pendant, I’ve set a large green ocean jasper that is topped with sterling silver accents created by broomcasting technique. A Mexican jelly opal sits above it and mirrors the nodules in the jasper. Priced at $235.
Beautiful blue/green turquoise makes this a stunning pendant. Off to the side I’ve set a 4.2mm faceted blue topaz to pick up the sparkle in the stone. At the top and bottom of the stone are silver accents using special casting techniques. Price $275.
In this pendant, I have combined several different colors together. The center stone, a large special open geode of crazy lace agate is topped with sterling silver pieces cast in a combination of using cuttlebone style and broom cast techniques. A small carnelian cab is bezel set in silver to pull the necklace beads and the pendant together. The necklace has a variety of jasper, faceted smokey quartz and metal beads strung with heavy tiger tail and finished with a sterling sliver toggle style clasp. Priced at $400.