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David Forlano and Steve Ford

Ford/Forlano Art Jewelry

"We want our work to allude to things you've seen in nature, yet be compelling in its own right."

Steve Ford and David Forlano began collaborating on jewelry design in 1988. Working with polymer clay, their early works were characterized by bright colors and complex, caned cross-sectional patterns. Ford and Forlano were early innovators in what is now a popular fine craft material. They taught workshops nationally, self-published two calendars of polymer clay work, and Ford co-authored a how-to book on the subject.

Today, Ford and Forlano primarily make one-of-a-kind jewelry, passing pieces back and forth between their Philadelphia and Santa Fe studios at different stages in the creative process. With the introduction of precious materials such as sterling silver, gold, and pearls, their work is as bold and expressive as ever. Part of their goal is to transform an inorganic, man-made material into something that looks as if it was found on the beach, or growing in the woods. The designs feature complex, layered surface treatments with mysterious and unusual colors. Ford and Forlano strive to give each element in a piece its own diverse character while maintaining a unified look as a whole.

Steve grew up in the Midwest, and studied art in St. Louis, Rome, and Philadelphia. He has been a full-time studio artist for the past twenty years. He lives in the Germantown section of Philadelphia with his partner of fifteen years. David is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia. He developed a passion for drawing and painting at an early age and went on to study art in Philadelphia and Rome. In addition to his business collaboration in jewelry, he continues artistic explorations in painting, printmaking, sound, and video. He lives with his wife in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Button Earrings #296
Gold, Silver & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 250
$ 212.50
Button Earrings #303
Gold, Silver & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 250
$ 212.50
Hydro Top Pin #464
Silver & Polymer Pin

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 350
$ 297.50
Squiggle Necklace #41
Gold & Polymer Necklace

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 250
$ 212.50
Button Earrings #187
Gold, Silver & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 250
$ 212.50
Ball Earrings #24
Silver, Aluminum & Enamel Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 250
$ 212.50
Button Earrings #259
Gold, Silver & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 350
$ 297.50
Pebble Earrings #212
Silver & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 300
$ 255
Hydro Top Pin #456
Silver & Polymer Pin

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 350
$ 297.50
SOLD
Shell Earrings #68 by David Forlano and Steve Ford (Gold, Silver & Polymer Earrings)
Shell Earrings #68
Gold, Silver & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
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Button Earrings #276
Gold, Silver & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 250
$ 212.50
SOLD
Ball Earrings #26 by David Forlano and Steve Ford (Silver, Aluminum & Polymer Earrings)
Ball Earrings #26
Silver, Aluminum & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
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Button Earrings #310
Silver & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 250
$ 212.50
SOLD
Button Earrings #227 by David Forlano and Steve Ford (Gold, Silver & Polymer Earrings)
Button Earrings #227
Gold, Silver & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
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Big Bead Necklace #194
Aluminum & Polymer Necklace

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 2,600
$ 2,210
SOLD
Button Earrings #288 by David Forlano and Steve Ford (Silver & Polymer Earrings)
Button Earrings #288
Silver & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
Sold Out
Hydro Top Pin #466
Gold, Silver & Polymer Pin

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 350
$ 297.50
SOLD
Hydro Top Pin # 438 by David Forlano and Steve Ford (Gold, Silver & Polymer Pin)
Hydro Top Pin # 438
Gold, Silver & Polymer Pin

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
Sold Out
Button Earrings #297
Silver & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 250
$ 212.50
SOLD
Pebble Necklace #58 by David Forlano and Steve Ford (Silver & Polymer Necklace)
Pebble Necklace #58
Silver & Polymer Necklace

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
Sold Out
Button Earrings #264
Gold, Silver & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 250
$ 212.50
SOLD
Big Bead Necklace #179 by David Forlano and Steve Ford (Aluminum & Polymer Necklace)
Big Bead Necklace #179
Aluminum & Polymer Necklace

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
Sold Out
SOLD
Hydro Top Pin #445 by David Forlano and Steve Ford (Gold, Silver & Polymer Pin)
Hydro Top Pin #445
Gold, Silver & Polymer Pin

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
Sold Out
Pebble Earrings #203
Silver & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 300
$ 255
Button Earrings #295
Gold, Silver & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 250
$ 212.50
Green Seed Necklace
Polymer Clay Necklace

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 3,000
$ 2,550
Blue Seed Necklace
Polymer Clay Necklace

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 3,000
$ 2,550
Teal Squiggle Necklace
Polymer Clay Necklace

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 250
$ 212.50
Triple Pebble Drop
Silver & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 300
$ 255
Big Bead Necklace #88
Polymer Clay Necklace

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Big Bead Necklace #183
Polymer Clay Necklace

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 3,000
$ 2,550
Shell Earrings 218
Silver & Polymer Earrings

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 280
$ 238
Vine Necklace
Polymer Clay Necklace

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 250
$ 212.50
Squiggle Necklace
Polymer Clay Necklace

by David Forlano and Steve Ford
$ 250
$ 212.50