Alison B. Antelman
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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- Exhibitions & Awards
Charles Lewton-Brain Fold Forming Competition, Florida, N.Y. U.S., Center for Metal Arts, 2014
Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival, Sun Valley, ID. U.S. , Sun Valley Center, 2013
Scottsdale Arts Festival, Scottsdale, AZ. U.S. , Center for Performing Arts, 2013
Top Jewels National Jewelry Design Competition , Durango, CO. U.S., Durango Arts Center, 2014
Rock On! Featuring jewelry encompassing rocks, minerals and gemstones, Seattle, WA. U.S., Facere' Gallery, 2013
The Nature of Jewelry: Botanical Design and Symbols , Fish Creek, WI. U.S., Peninsula School of Art, Guenzel Gallery, 2013
Ornamental Connections, Contemporary Interpretations: Art for the Ear, The Art of the Ring , Cambridge, MA. U.S. , Mobilia Gallery, 2012/2013
2015 Niche Awards, Washington, D.C. , Rosen Group/American Made show, 2015