Happy Friday Everyone !!! If you are still looking for unique gift check out this week's featured artist. Lynn Cobb has been making jewelry from fine silver metal clay for about 10 years, before that she was a painter and polymer artist. She was a finalist in the prestigious Saul Bell Design competition with a piece from her Flower Series. It and other pieces fromher Flower Series have been widely published including in the Lark Book: Showcase 500 Art Necklaces.
She also has had items featured in numerous magazine articles. When asked about her preffed medium, she said " I really feel as if silver jewelry is “my” medium. I really love its sculptural qualities! "
1. What is your Shop Name and URL ?
2. To which Etsy Teams do you belong?
Metal Clay Heads and Etsy Metal Clay are the two I am most active in.
3. Please tell us about the items in your Etsy shop. What do you make? How did you learn your craft? What is involved in your creative process?
My jewelry is made using silver metal clay, a revolutionary pure silver product. I sculpt, texturize, mold, form the clay in wet form, fire in the kiln at 1650F for up to 2 hours, and voila, in a modern alchemy, the clay is transformed into .999 pure silver (more pure than sterling which is only .925). I am a certified PMC Artisan, Level 2, many classes. I am inspired by nature, sea life, ancient and indigenous architecture, and the sensual flower paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe.
4. Tell us two (or more) other interesting things about you.
I was awarded a finalist position in the prestigious Saul Bell Design competition. My work has been published in numerous books including Showcase 500 Art Necklaces and also feature articles in several art jewelry magazines, most recently Sept 2015, Art Jewelry Magazine, regarding a series of silver castle charms.
5. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations?
6. What inspires your creations?
My most exciting work is inspired by the sensual flowere paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe and feminist installation The Dinner Party, by Judy Chicago. My acclaimed flower series of necklaces, earrings and bracelets, hand sculpted by me into pure silver interpret these artists' feminist work into beautiful wearable jewelry.
I am also inspired by ancient and indigenous architecture, my series of Castles and Huts rings, earrings and necklaces have been featured in several art jewelry magazines.
I also love using leaves, sea urchins, sea stars and other natural items as inspiration.
7. How did you get involved with Etsy?
Some friends were selling there, so I got on board.
8. What is your biggest challenge related to your Etsy shop?
SEO, it's very hard to get found among the millions of listings.
9. What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?
This piece GLOWS! It's my current favorite!
10. What crafting skill(s) do you wish you had or hope to learn someday?
I would like to do more enameling, and more nuno felting
11. What has been your biggest success and/or proudest moment since opening your Etsy shop?
I am very proud and humbled to be named a finalist in the Saul Bell Design competition, 2011.
12. Tell us about your first sale ever?
I sold a painting, about 35 years ago. I was just amazed that someone else saw my vision.
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