Arden Bardol

Arden Bardol Jewelry

"I usually describe my work as rich in complexity and simple in form. I focus on thoughtful craftsmanship and pay attention to the detail on every side of a composition, embracing the notion of edges, yet excluding the idea of front or back. All sides are created equal."

An underlying theme in Bardol's designs is the suggestion that life is a series of events which are sometimes magical, sometimes challenging. These events affect who we are. When they are viewed together as a whole, they create a unique and wonderful ''coat of many colors.'' For Bardol, her ''Connections Series'' necklaces represent the paths we take in life, with beads representing the events and the beaded strand which connects them representing our individual paths. Unique when viewed individually and beautiful when combined.

Bardol works with custom-blended polymer clay. She mixes the clay with metal powders and a variety of other materials to produce unique colors. She sometimes rolls textures onto the clay or uses a cut-away process to add depth to the clay. Then, each tile is formed into a bead. Once the beads are formed, she adds additional texture and detail. Then, the beads are cured and fired at a low temperature.

Bardol received her professional training at Carnegie Mellon University, earning a bachelor's degree in architecture. Upon graduating, she worked in architecture and interior design. Bardol studied ceramics at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts where she pushed the limits of the clay and learned new firing and glazing techniques. During her many travels, she was exposed to the vast cultural influences of each place, which she now uses as inspiration in her art.

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Chandler Wire Black Mix I
Steel & Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 150
$ 127.50
Wings Teardrop Small Neutral Mix I
Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 130
$ 110.50
Wings Teardrop Small Random Colors I
Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 130
$ 110.50
Wings Teardrop Small Blue Neutral I
Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 130
$ 110.50
Chandelier Wire Multi I
Steel & Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 150
$ 127.50
Peek-a-Boo 1
Polymer Necklace

by Arden Bardol
$ 1,420
$ 1,207
Peek-a-Boo 2
Polymer Clay Necklace

by Arden Bardol
$ 1,420
$ 1,207
Planets Rising
Polymer Clay Necklace

by Arden Bardol
$ 1,420
$ 1,207
Over the River 1
Polymer Clay Necklace

by Arden Bardol
$ 1,420
$ 1,207
Wings Teardrop Lime Gold
Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 130
$ 110.50
Wings Round Small Blue Gray
Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 120
$ 102
Wings Teardrop Earrings - Primary Mix
Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 130
$ 110.50
Razor Shell - Red Purple Multi Mix
Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 140
$ 119
Razor Shell - Black White Mix
Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 140
$ 119
Wings Teardrop - Black
Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 130
$ 110.50
Razor Shell Pattern Mix Earrings
Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 140
$ 119
Wings Teardrop - Blue Purple Mix
Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 130
$ 110.50
Razor Shell Multi Mix 1
Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 140
$ 119
Wings Teardrop Patterns 1
Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 130
$ 110.50
Wings Necklace Round in Black White Mix
Polymer Clay Necklace

by Arden Bardol
$ 570
$ 484.50
Wings Multi 2 Earrings
Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 130
$ 110.50
Petals Lariat in Black White Netural
Polymer Clay Necklace

by Arden Bardol
$ 270
$ 229.50
Petals Earrings in Black White Mix
Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 130
$ 110.50
Petals Earrings in Fuchsia
Polymer Clay Earrings

by Arden Bardol
$ 130
$ 110.50
Red Mix Petals Organic Necklace
Polymer Clay Necklace

by Arden Bardol
$ 260
$ 221
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, PA, Philadelphia Convention Center, 2011
Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, PA, Philadelphia Convention Center, 2012
Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD, Fine Art and Fine Craft Show, 2011
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Wilmington, DE, Chase Center, 2012
Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, NICHE Award Finalist 2014, 2014
Collections
Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, 2014