Creative Process for Compose Decompose Collection

Compose Decompose

My new pieces came together from some photos I took of  branches around my house.  We have a lot of scrub oak with really interesting branch structures.  I like the way the branch sillouettes look against the sky in the fall and winter when they have no leaves.

Oak Branch Earrings in Sterling Silver and Bronze with 14kt gold
Rock Bracelets in Sterling Silver and Bronze

The rock aspect of the collection was originally  inspired from rocks I found at the Oregon Coast.  On beach walks, I collected rocks that were almost black and very smooth.  I took some back with me to Colorado.  I liked to have all the rocks in a pile on my work

bench.  When I cleared off my work space and just had those smooth black rocks it felt very zen and they were simple and beautiful.  When I thought about a new direction somehow the rocks and branches came together.  They were both raw and structural but the rock and stick forms seemed to balance each other.  Then of course I was noticing the river rocks at the Crystal River near my house.  When the river is low, there are so many colored smooth rocks on the river bed.  So those rocks also made it into my studio and into my work.

Naming a collection

It is always difficult to name a collection.  Compose Decompose refers more to the process of creating pieces than the actual pieces.  When you carve a piece out of wax you are either building up wax or taking away wax and usually it is a combination of both.  It also is a reference to  mother nature– how plants, animals, and humans grow and are built up and then slowly decompose until they are transformed to help new growth,  generating the cycle of life.

Branch and Twig Ring in Sterling Silver


All the amazing photos of my work above and on my web site are taken by Clarissa Schneider.  She lives in Denver where she does excellent photography.

River Rock Necklace, Bronze and Silver
River Rock Necklace, Bronze and Silver

4 Comment

  1. Awesome blog!

    I thought about starting my own blog too but I’m just too lazy so, I guess Ill just have to keep checking yours out.

  2. Hi! i got to know your work not long ago, but since i’m a fan of yours! Your jewellery is just beautiful.
    I have a blog and posted this about your jewellery:
    Have a great week!

  3. its unbelieveable…i cant understand how beautiful your jewelry is…amazing! i buy one of your rings:)

  4. It’s lovely to read a jewellery blog about real handmade jewellery, and not just pictures, fashion shows or reviews of other people’s work. Your jewellery is beautiful, simple, unique but has great presence. I’m also a self-taught jewellery-maker, but at the moment I’m not as advanced in the goldsmith/silversmith etc area. My blog documents my journey and any ideas I have relating to jewellery. I’m looking for some handmade jewellery blogs to feature in an upcoming article, is it ok to include Colby June Jewelry?
    Thank you, Lily
    (p.s. the jewellery for the bohemian wedding – wow)

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