Deborah Woolfork

DEBORAH WOOLFORK
JEWELRY DESIGN
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BIO
I’ve been working as a full time jewelry artist for over 16 years in the Cleveland area but was born and educated in Northern England. I came to the US in 1991. I participate in an average of 30 fine art events on an annual basis. I have had the pleasure of exhibiting my jewelry at the Cain Park Arts Festival for over a decade and have also sold in many shows located all over Northern Ohio along with the Columbus Arts festival and events in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Dayton & Chicago.
Along with selling jewelry collections to a number of local retailers I also teach classes in Oberlin at Bead paradise.
I am blessed to be a part of the wonderful arts community here in Cleveland and can say from the bottom of my heart that I really do love my job!
DESCRIPTION OF MATERIALS AND PROCESS
My jewelry is hand forged, fused, wrapped, patina and brushed sterling silver. I like to work with a minimal amount of tools which include basics such as wire cutters, pliers, hammer and small torch etc. The hand patina and brushing promotes a ‘broken in’ antique appearance which provides a fantastic contrast with the fine faceted gems my jewelry features. I use a wide variety of materials which currently include fine faceted AAA grade gems – all hand cut in India. Also Antique coin silvers from all over the world, mostly from Northern India, Thailand and Africa at the moment. Ancient Byzantine bronze coins, ancient roman glass, ancient stone, pearls, bone and river stones. I really like to educate my customers on materials and always find it fun to introduce someone to a stone they know nothing about. For example when using sapphires I prefer to work with the orange ones because people are least expecting them to be orange. I have used stones in their raw/natural forms of late. Raw diamonds and Emeralds have an unexpected simple dull luster and rugged edges and fit into my design aesthetic perfectly. I try to make each piece unique and individual which is why I’m always searching for new items to incorporate in my designs. I love the idea of being able to bring new life to an ancient stone that’s been in existence for over 1000 years and give people the opportunity to wear these treasures for generations to come.

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