“I always want to unleash myself to an unrestricted flow of expression. I strive to be able to push a human response, and evoke a sense of emotion, whether in my viewer or myself”
Deanna Pastel was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 she received her BFA in Jewelry/Metals at Kent State University. Upon graduation, she was picked up by Heather B. Moore Co., where she spent the next two years fine-tuning her skills in soldering gold, setting stones and hand stamping.
Seeking new transitions, she landed in Austin, TX in 2012, and began her career as a main teacher and Studio Manager at Creative Side Jewelry Academy. She has spent the past five years at this establishment developing curriculum, working closely with other master artists and inspiring students to find and fall in love with the magic in working with metals.
This past year, Deanna has spent time honing her skills by traveling and working closely with other master artists in the US. She is now involved with SNAG (the Society for North American Goldsmiths) and is beginning to take her work and teaching skills to a national level. Besides teaching, and creating her own one-of-a-kinds, she also finds some time to work on custom pieces for clients in silver, gold and platinum.
I have always been greatly interested in why and how we choose to adorn our bodies. Jewelry has been a gateway throughout history to express one’s self, show social status or be a badge of honor. As independent societies we have chosen to express this indulgence through extravagance and deformity. Artistically, conceptual smiths tend to push the boundaries of what is considered wearable as jewelry, often crossing into the line of sculpture on the body.
My exploration into this craft confronts these themes while evoking a sense of emotion from my viewer. My intention is to have my work stand on the edge of social acceptance, while focusing on a conceptual statement and reaction. I am compelled by seeing this response in my viewers- whether positive, critical, repulsed or enthralled. As my work continues to develop, so does my love affair with mechanics and intricacy; focusing more on technique and fine craft.
I always want to unleash myself to an unrestricted flow of expression. I strive to be able to push a human response, and evoke a sense of emotion, whether in my viewer or in myself. We as makers need to be able to bend the rules and never apologize for something that we create. These are staples within my life and in my craft, rooting back to our ancestors. We must continue the push forward, to see what prevails through the good, the tough and the enlightened.