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Alison Antelman

Alison B. Antelman

"The physical act of creating jewelry out of raw materials is a labor-intensive process that I constantly explore. The materials evolve through a process that involves the manipulation and movement of metal, much like solving a puzzle. I am drawn to the relationship between metal and stones, movement and form, and how they transform the wearer. "

Inspired by the vitality of the urban landscape, Antelman's jewelry is hand fabricated and forged, much like the cities that are its inspiration. Her designs take their cue from the canyons and peaks of the city as well as the shapes of the botanical life within it. She is interested in exploring the idea of hanging gardens—bringing nature into city life.

To create each piece, the artist uses hammers to shape the metal into hollow forms with creases. She then adds texture and lines by fold-forming the metal, a process of folding, hammering, and unfolding it to make a crease. Antelman contrasts oxidized sterling silver with high-karat gold while drawing from a palette of natural stones. She hand fabricates the clasps, incorporating them directly into design for function and adornment.

Studio jeweler Alison Antelman took her first metals class at City College in San Francisco in 1991. She has since had access to workshops and associations with highly accomplished artists. As former president of the SF Metal Arts Guild, she continues to spread the word about metal arts. She creates her distinctive jewelry in a well-lit studio in the historic Sawtooth Building in Berkeley, CA.

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Orange Hanging Garden Brooch
Gold, Silver & Stone Brooch

$ 740
Flora Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 650
Horizons in Tsavorite
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 426
Branches Pendant
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 366 - $ 370
Grand Staircase Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 1,420
Lime Hanging Garden Brooch
Gold, Silver & Stone Brooch

$ 740
Pink Tourmaline Metro Brooch
Gold, Silver & Stone Brooch

$ 460
M-Pods Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 386
Branches Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 430
Icicle Mini Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 386
Hanging Garden Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 1,460
M Pod Earrings in Orange
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 386
Hanging Garden in Ruby Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 740
Flora Necklace
Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 320
Winter Moon Branch Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 960
Horizon Mini in Blue
Gold, SIlver & Stone Necklace

$ 350
Metro Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 484
Crescent Moon Ring
Gold & Silver Ring

$ 320
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Charles Lewton-Brain Fold Forming Competition, Center for Metal Arts, Florida, N.Y. U.S., 2014
2015 Niche Awards, Rosen Group/American Made show, Washington, D.C. , 2015
American Craft Council Show, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA, 2019, 2020
Craftboston Holiday , Boston, MA, 2019
The Nature of Jewelry: Botanical Design and Symbols , Peninsula School of Art, Guenzel Gallery, Fish Creek, WI. U.S., 2013
Ornamental Connections, Contemporary Interpretations: Art for the Ear, The Art of the Ring , Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA. U.S. , 2012/2013
The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed , Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 2019
Wearable Expressions, Palos Verdes Art Center, Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA , 2017
Clasps: Functional Adornment, Macchiarini Creative Design, San Francisco, CA, 2018
Lakefront Festival of Art , Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, 2019