“My jewelry is hand fabricated and forged, like the cities that are its inspiration.”
Alison B. Antelman exhibits and sells her work from her studio, galleries and at craft shows nationally. She’s exhibited her work in Wearable Expressions 2017 at the Palos Verdes Art Center in the Los Angeles area, she is a 2015 Niche Award Winner, won First Place in the 2014 Charles Lewton Brain Fold-Forming Competition and 2017 & 2015 Best of Jewelry at the Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival.
Her work is published in JCK Magazine, MJSA Journal, Art Jewelry Today 4 by Schiffer Publishing, Showcase 500 Art Necklaces and 500 Gemstone Jewels by Lark Books, Art Jewelry Today 3 by Schiffer publishing, Lapidary Journal’s Jewelry Artist magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle.
She teaches workshops through her studio, art centers and Guilds nationally. She is often found creating one-of-a-kind jewelry in her well-lit studio, The Sawtooth building in Berkeley, California.
My jewelry is hand fabricated and forged, like the cities that are its inspiration. These designs take inspiration from the canyons and peaks of the city and the decorative elements of its botanical forms & shapes. My designs use these motifs from the spectacular urban landscape.
Utilizing hammers, I sink and form the metal creating hollow form pods. The pods have creases in them, adding a clean texture of lines created by fold-forming the metal … a process of folding, hammering and unfolding to create a crease. I contrast oxidized sterling with 18 + 22k gold and use stainless steel wire for it’s delicate durability. Natural stones are the palette I draw from in raw, faceted and smooth surfaces.
My techniques are incorporated directly into the design allowing function, as well as adornment. I am drawn to the relationship between the metal, stones, movement and form, and how they transform the wearer.