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Nina Mann

"I strive to create a work of quiet uniqueness and derive great satisfaction and joy in creating objects of beauty. I am impressed by the quiet beauty that fills our lives—it is often precious, unpredictable, and fragile. I believe it is important to find pleasure in the simple beauties that surround us. It is my goal as an artist to share this beauty with the unique individual who will collect and wear my jewelry."

Nina Mann began her journey as an artist as a young child when her parents took her to a museum to see the Egyptian exhibit of Tuthankamen. She was fascinated by the intricate carvings and metal work and decided that someday she would create something just as beautiful. Mann went on to study drawing and painting, then delved into metalsmithing as her preferred form of creative expression. A deep love of history and archaeology provide the inspiration for her work. She is thrilled when a client remarks that her work resonates with forms and textures found in ancient cultures. Presently Mann is enmeshed in learning about Southwest American ancient civilizations.

Mann works with precious metals in age-old techniques that are inspired by an Eastern aesthetic. She is devoted to the ancient Korean process of Keum-bo, a process that is intricate and labor intensive. Silver is rendered nearly pure then thin gold sheet is slowly fused with a torch to the silver. No solder is used during this delicate process. In another equally intricate and ancient Japanese technique, Shibuichi, a molten amalgamation of copper and pure silver is poured and rolled into sheet form then is textured with a torch until a thin skin begins to show.

Her work is very much about the metal itself, particularly its malleability and form. The raw metal is transformed through heating, reticulation, rolling, fusing, and manipulation until it is changed into an object of refined beauty with its own magical presence. Her jewelry is unique, extremely wearable, balanced and beautifully presented.

Nina Mann?s work in precious metals has benefitted over many years from her experiences of studying with masters in their fields. When she began working in gold, she enrolled at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Working alongside Thomas Madden, she perfected her fabrication and casting skills. She has participated in workshops with Betty Helen Longhi, Tom Muir, So Young Park, Julia Woodman, and many others. In addition, she has also taught workshops in the ancient form of Keum-Bo. Ms. Mann has dedicated herself to the art of jewelry making, painstakingly perfecting all aspects of her craft.

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Mystical Experience Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring - Size 8-11

$ 1,720
Savani Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 880
Garden Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring - Size 7

$ 640
Promise at Dawn Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 790
Fearless Warrior Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring - Size 8-10

$ 2,800
Joy of My Life Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring

$ 2,800
Chanda Earrings
Gold & Pearl Earrings

$ 1,056
Shadow of the Moon Earrings
Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 986
Sonoran Sky Earrings
Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 420
Day Star Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 420
Sun and Rain Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 1,048
Radiant Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 240
Splendid Sky Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 420
Red Cloud at Sundown Necklace
Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 390
Reflections Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 420
Winter Solstice Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 368
Circles in the Sky Necklace
Gold & Silver Necklace

$ 850
Forest Water Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring

$ 3,400
Sun Maiden Earrings
Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 260
Athena Earrings
Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 240
Clearings in the Sky Ring
Gold & Stone Ring

$ 2,120
Sora Necklace
Beaded Necklace

$ 2,556
Natsumi Earrings
Gold & Stone Earrings

$ 1,880
Padu Earrings
Gold, Silver & Glass Earrings

$ 425
Chili Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 640
Anevi Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 340
Fiona Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 380
Tanesha Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 280
Kumi Earrings
Gold, SIlver & Glass Earrings

$ 640
Aya Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring

$ 2,260
Amara Earrings
Gold & Stone Earrings

$ 850
Anna Ring
Gold & Pearl Ring

$ 368
Rumi Earrings
Gold & Stone Earrings

$ 1,128
Pasha Ring
Gold & Stone Ring

$ 3,758
Nala Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 504
Mirage Earring No. 3
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 240
Mirage Earring #2
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 220
Mirage Earring #1
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 190
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, Illinois, 1998-2009
57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, Illinois, 1996-2005
American Craft Council Craft Market, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Maryland; Minneapolis; Georgia., 1998 thru 2008
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pa., 2007
Ann Arbor Art Fair, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michigan, 1998-2000
Collections
The Art of Making Jewelry, Joanna Goldberg, U.S.A., 2006