Learning art {jewelry} appreciation

August 09, 2020

Art jewelry in bronze and steel

I am learning to appreciate my own jewelry as "art". You can see, I have laid out all these pieces (mostly learning pieces) as a centre piece on my table.  I get to see them and touch them and play with them daily. 

I didn't take art appreciation or any of the classics in high school or university.  I have  wandered through many of the great museums in Europe, but I definitely gravitate more to the "craft" side of arts and crafts. 

Sculptural art jewelry in steel and bronze

And while I have always been creative with a huge imagination, I had not really embraced the fact that I am an artist!  I viewed my work and the works of people I admired in the craft world as "artisan" work.  Now I understand the nuances of the words - my work, if not art, is seen as less valuable than "real" art (sculpture and painting, mainly).  This is patently untrue!  What I do is create art!  

Bronze and steel art jewelry as inspiration

 It has been interesting for me to see my work in a new light, to make that mind shift and appreciate it.  And now I am ready to declare myself as an Artist!

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