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.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Buyers Market of American Craft, NICHE Award Finalist 2014, Philadelphia, 2011 - 2014
American Craft Council Show, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, 2016 -2020
National Endowment for the Arts - Indvividual Fellowship Grant - Visual Arts, Delaware, Delaware, 2017
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Chase Center, Wilmington, DE, 2012 - 2019