October 12, 2016
How did you become interested in metal as an art form?
I took a class 12 years ago with Maggi DeBaecke at the Delaware Art Museum and immediately fell in love with silver. She showed me how to take a sheet of metal and turn it into a 3-D form. I was fascinated when I saw a hollow-form piece taking shape. I constantly work to expand my knowledge, by attending workshops and learning from the masters of this amazing art form.
Where do you find inspiration when creating your jewelry?
Architecture and found objects (junk) really interest me. I love being able to recreate a wrought iron gate in a bracelet or use an antique doll arm in a necklace.
What is your go-to tool in the studio and why?
Aside from my torch, my Flex Shaft or power rotary tool is my favorite. This one tool can sand, polish, add texture, drill through metal, and cut stone seats.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Meeting the needs of each student with a calm head, a smile, and laughter! I think because I do not have the traditional arts background, I am able to speak to new and beginner students easily. I know immediately when someone needs an explanation about a particular technique.
Why do you like teaching at the Delaware Art Museum?
I relish the range of students who walk through the studio door each semester—new, returning, brushing up on skills, young, old, male, female. Every single one of my students has taught ME something!
For more information about the Delaware Art Museum’s Metalsmithing classes and to see what Kristin is offering this semester, click here.