"I love playing with fire, suspending the rules of what can't be done with metal and integrating the elegance of form and function within the barely controlled chaos of my life. I construct each piece from fused sheets of textured and patterned sterling silver and high karat gold."
Raised on a tree farm in East Marlborough Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, Marne Ryan credits her early life experiences with a profound influence on her later career. "My mother taught me to appreciate the elegance and drape of finely made fabrics. My father, a test pilot, flew us through the clouds, and the land would flow below, disclosing the earth's patterns and formations."
Ryan begins each piece with very thin gauge silver, either cutouts from scrap or sheet run through the wire mill to create furrows in the metal. These pieces are then repeatedly folded, milled, rolled, and fused to produce additional depth and texture. Once she achieves the desired texture and pattern, Ryan cuts the form from the many-layered sheet.
After receiving her B.F.A. from Moore College of Art, Ryan went immediately into the commercial jewelry world. While rolling out scrap metal for the shop, she chanced upon a technique--and the random textures created with it--that would later come to form a large part of her distinctive style.