Today's Metzger Studio showcases a medley of unique jewellery, handmade by a select group of talented Canadian jewellery designers.
Metzger Studio also showcases fine art from many talented local visual artists.
After 20 years working as a clothing designer and art director in Seoul, Korea, I came to Canada to discover inspiration as a jewellery artist and completed Jewellery and metals program at Georgian College. I believe wearing art is embedding one's belief inward, expressing it outward and carrying the physical method of healing, inspiration and liberation. People find the meaning of life through diverse forms of art and my jewellery reflects them. Metal is canvas. A ring has a story. A necklace is a sculpture. I present how I created a dream city, moon, dancing star as a metal form and art jewellery. They have unique 3 dimensional shapes with irregularity and dramatic change of angles created by wax carving, casting and fabrication. Most of my works are focused on the expression of the range of subtle muted shades affected by the natural light.
I draw inspiration from the unique stones that I find. I’m heavily influenced by the ancient techniques of Granulation, Mokume Gane and Lapidary. I love to incorporate pattern and texture into each of my pieces whether it comes from the stone, pattern in the alloy or granules that I add to each piece. I love the idea of layering several patterns and textures together to see the harmony they create.
Katlyn Sumpton is a recent graduate of the Goldsmithing Program at Georgian College. She lives and works in Orillia, Ontario.
Designing and creating jewellery is one of my greatest passions. My jewellery takes inspiration from elements and forms found in nature. The organic forms are juxtaposed with soft geometric ones. I use different finishes on my pieces which creates contrast and interest. I make practical and wearable pieces that are unique, clean and fresh.
The inspiration for my jewellry comes from the connective forces of our world. Jewellery has the potential to connect us to one another in its power to represent meaning in our relationships. It connects us to nature in the themes and organic materials used. It also has the strength to connect us to our history. I find particular pleasure incorporating found objects, both real and cast, into my creations. Finally, I believe jewellery is a vehicle for connecting us with ourselves as an expression of self, whether that expression be simple, playful or extravagant.
I seek to create clean, airy, wearable jewellery. My work explores irregular shape and pattern along with elements of asymmetry to create a subtle visual tension. I am fascinated and inspired by the natural world, and most especially by the ingenuity and adaptability of urban wildlife. I love the burst of wilderness that is present within the fabric of our controlled world.
I can’t pass a jewellery store or booth without taking a look, I am absolutely obsessed. I love it with every fiber of my being.
I draw my inspiration from everywhere. Whether it is an eroded sand dollar on the beach or a resistor from a motherboard, I try to find the beauty and make it wearable art. The best compliment I can receive is when someone tries on a piece and they can’t imagine a time when it wasn’t on their body.