Master Goldsmith & Silversmith
" Trust your intuition."
Following my intuition has been the way I create my works of art.
Letting my hands guide me is another way. Flow in work has to do with the waves of creativity. Some days nothing; other days an explosion of ideas. It is all part of the process of being a Goldsmith and Silversmtih.
Discipline is paramount. I go to work, I work.
And being able to design works that people treasure has brought me great joy.
Hammering the silver is the next stage.
After that a flow begins through fire, water, air, and metal. Moving with the flow of the molecules of the hardness of metal, is a slow movement.
The Fire of softening the metal gives the muscles time to relax and prepare for the hardness of hammering the metal.
Quenching the metal steam rises. And the smell permeates the room.
Some say they can smell the difference between silver and silver plate.
It is a learned skill, but at the moment of steam, the silver gives you her scent. How sweet it is!
Some times I see it in my mind-
other times it takes shape when I draw
Drawing a shell teaches me the curves, the empty space,
and the movement of the lines.
Moving to the metal in 3D aligns this sensory information with clues to the imagination.
© Ruth Rhoten
Ruth Rhoten is a Goldsmith and Silversmith who is inspired by nature. She creates pieces reflecting the earth’s beauty.
Expertise range from original one-of-a-kind pieces to limited editions in Gold and Silver. Commissions for jewelery and sculpture are always welcome.
Contact her: 510-798-2734 email@example.com