Friday, July 15, 2016

John and Linda Whitney at Smith Galleries


Necklace, bracelet, and earrings by John & Linda Whitney
 New to Smith Galleries is the jewelry of John and Linda Whitney. The Whitneys have been metal-smiths for many years. They strive to maintain the goal to produce a smile on the patron's face by creating a jewelry work that is well crafted but very affordable. All of their work is made from beginning to end by using the traditional metal working technique of fabrication.
John & Linda Whitney
    When they started creating pieces in the early 1970's they were all sterling silver and gold, but now they have expanded and added red brass, copper, and nickel silver. These copper based alloys and polymer clay have added colors and oxidations that were never possible with traditional metals. One example of this is how they continue to experiment with polymer clay as a way to add color and surface design to jewelry. Only by using this clay can they make the light weight pieces with motifs inspired by African textiles and Aboriginal art of the South Seas.
    The cut pieces of metal are shaped over silver-smithing stakes or tree stumps with the use of forming and raising hammers. The surface is sometimes chased to add in a surface description or a corrugation. Then the work is assembled with silver solder and gas torches. Natural stones are used to add integrity to the designs.
    Their studio is a little like stepping back into the pre-industral age as they only use hand tools with the exceptions of the finishing equipment. They even use non-toxic chemicals, salt and vinegar to clean the metals surface.
    The Whitneys write, "Our ever bonding love for the plasticity of metal and the joy of creating with our hands is our daily inspiration."
    Smith Galleries is located upstairs at 1000 William Hilton Parkway in suite J11 of  The Village at Wexford. Gallery hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday. 800.272.3870

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Tessoro Jewelry at Smith Galleries

QAN4 Salon Necklace, Birch Bark, Amethyst,
Lapis, Sterling Silver
Deborah Bushinski, the creator of Tessoro Jewelry writes..."In the beginning the jewelry was an extension of the painting i was doing and my contribution to fashion, which always held my interest. I spent many years as a fine art studio painter and art wear clothing designer in the northern Minnesota woodlands. It is from these early years, spending time in the wild studying natural form, that my design sensibility was honed. It is all about texture, color and composition, as each piece is crafted with the immediacy of putting paint on canvas.

Deborah Bushinski
Today the current of creativity often carries me to
international destinations for inspiration. The earth, sky and sea of the Mediterranean coast in Spain, with its rugged open-space beauty and haunting ruins to cosmopolitan urban centers such as Barcelona, Rome and Athens. It is here when discovering and connecting with jewelry artisans, found exploring sleepy side streets, or in viewing ancient jewelry designs found in museum collections that i feel my passion fueled with a fresh perspective, opening up for me the currents of international and timeless fashion. After all Tessoro truly aims to create the ultimate in art jewelry for every day, every woman."

See more Tessaro jewelry featured at Smith Galleries.

Smith Galleries is located at 1000 William Hilton Parkway in suite J11 (UPPER LEVEL) of the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Island. Gallery hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday. 843.842.2280

Monday, January 18, 2016

Joan Z. Horn Valentine Collection

Heart Necklace N6 by Joan Z. Horn.
    Joan Z. Horn has designed a special collection of jewelry for Valentines just for the patrons of Smith Galleries.
    All the pieces in this grouping feature a heart symbol...what could say 'I love you' better? The pieces are constructed from sterling silver and 14k gold and include various stones.
    Joan writes..."In my studio I fabricate each piece of jewelry. I create individual elements from Sterling Silver and 14Kt. Gold, using traditional and innovative hand tools. My bench contains tubing jigs that are like old friends. My metal starts out as flat sheet, round, square and flat wire, and tubing. I solder individual elements together using an acetylene/oxygen torch. I enhance pieces with freshwater pearls and semi-precious stones, making color combinations with garnet, blue topaz, citrine, peridot, iolite and amethyst. My jewelry pieces are studies in line, color and movement.
    I love working in my studio, and my hands feel most at home when they have a pair of pliers in
Joan Z. Horn at work in her studio.
them. Tools that were never intended for jewelry lead me into whole new directions. I question my auto mechanic about devices he uses. When the plumber comes for household repairs I inspect his tubing cutters and torch tip. A tube wringer from a dental supply catalog inspires new lines of jewelry. I visualize everything in the world as if it were a piece of jewelry. Musical notes from the sheet music in choir become a brooch pattern. Gates in Barcelona become a pendant. Other loves include riding my bike, baking bread, choir and traveling.
    I was born and raised in New York. I graduated with a BFA in Metalsmithing from Tyler School of Art, Temple University."
    Jean and Wally Smith met Joan more than 25 years ago at a craft fair in Philadelphia. They fell in love with her jewelry then and have featured it in the gallery continuously ever since.
    Smith Galleries is located in suite J11 of the Village at Wexford at 1000 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Gallery hours are 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday. 800.272.3870 info@smithgalleries.com

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Jack Pine Glass Artist

Hand-blown glass by Jack Pine
    Smith Galleries is known for their fine collection of hand-blown glass. New to the gallery is the glass pumpkins and gourds handmade by Jack Pine.
    Jack Pine grew up in Circleville, Ohio, located approximately 29 miles South of Columbus. Circleville is home, to one of the largest pumpkin shows nationwide! Jack has spent the last 20 years perfecting the art of glass-blowing, and is well-known to his native area of Circleville, as well as all over the country for his beautiful pieces of art. Jack’s objective as an artist is to create organic art forms out of glass, using incredibly rich colors and a unique style. Jack’s perfection comes from 20 plus years of careful attention to detail, as well as experimenting with a large variety of precious metals and enamels, by layering them on top of each other, to create the most unique designs. Many customer’s find it hard to believe that all of Jack’s art is created only by glass, and that there are no paints involved during the process, but it’s true!     
     Smith Galleries is located at 1000 William Hilton Parkway in suite J11 of the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Gallery hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday. Follow us on Facebook.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Susan Dyer Jewelry at Smith Galleries

We receive one selection a year of jewelry from Susan Dyer and we only have it for a short time. This selection will be in the gallery through the gallery's 27th anniversary on May 14.
     Susan Dyer is fascinated with the process and the materials of jewelry making. Her pieces are hand fabricated using traditional techniques. Using sterling silver sheet, strip or wire, she fabricates box forms. She often solders these various shaped boxes together to make a more complicated composition. She finishes all of the silver work on the piece and then fill the boxes with polymer clay using various techniques; drilling, stamping and carving.
     Click here to see pictures of the entire show or here to see a slide show.
    Smith Galleries is located at 1000 William Hilton Parkway in suites J11 (upper level) of the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Island, SC. Gallery hours are 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday. 843.842.2280 smithgalleries@hotmail.com

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Daniel Read Artglass at Smith Galleries

Smith Galleries features the hand blown glass of Daniel Read.

Read studied with Dale Chihuly at the Rhode Island School of Design and continued as a member of Chihuly's glassblowing team for twelve years. He has taught workshops at Haystack, Snow Farm, RISD, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and private studios. He has received grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. Each piece is signed by hand and numbered with the year, month, day, and number of each piece made during the day.

Smith Galleries is located in suite J11 of the
Village at Wexford at 1000 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island, SC. Gallery hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday. 800.272.3870

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Eileen Sutton Jewelry at Smith Galleries

Eileen Sutton in her studio.
Smith Galleries features the jewelry of Eileen Sutton.

Eileen tells us her story..."I was born and raised in New York, on Long Island. When I pierced my first piece of copper plate at age 17, I was instantly hooked. I was somewhat of a metal purist until my last semester at Tyler School of Art. It was then that I began working with cast resin. Incorporating other elements is sporadic, whereas the constant interest of resin remains. When I finished school, I stayed in Philadelphia because there was a great community of artists and craftspeople.

My first studio was in the space of the late Olaf Skoogfors, a pioneer in the field of art jewelry. It was a shared space with some graduated students from Tyler School of Art. This workspace was more than just memorable, it was an experience that paved the way for where I would go with my work. There is also a strong bicycling community in and around Philadelphia, which became almost equally important to me. Some of my earliest pieces were from lines I saw painted on the road while cycling. It was a thoughtful place to live. I realized then, I didn’t have to go back to N.Y.C. to get inspired.

My forms are definitely influenced by the color and materials I use, along with what I see in the world around me. Now that I have a family, I don’t travel as far to see the world, but presently going to an arboretum or working in the garden is enough to spur some vision."
Necklace and Earrings by Eileen Sutton

Smith Galleries is located in suite J11 of the Village at Wexford at 1000 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island, SC. Gallery hours are 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday. 800.272.3870