Crystal Hartman Art Jewelry

Whimsical, carnal, sculptural delights hand carved and cast into predominately recycled sterling silver, bronze and gold, set with conscious, sustainably sourced, natural stones -Turquoise, Chrysoprase, Onyx, Sugilite, Rosarita, Sapphires, Opals- in Durango Colorado, USA.  Crystal Hartman is a contemporary multi-media artist, a jeweler and a writer.  Her work has been shown at locations such as The National Palace of Culture, Sofia Bulgaria, the Center for Contemporary Culture Barcelona, Spain and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado USA.  She received her BFA for Printmaking from The University of Colorado at Boulder with an emphasis on Installation and Intaglio Etching and studied Image in Enamel at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residencies.  After completing a grant to study Femininity in Argentina, she filmed for Null Skateboards in Spain, and studied public art and cultural craft in Chaing Mai, Thailand. Inspired by storytelling, culture, and the natural world, her work -large and small- opens conversations within and between disparate perspectives.  In her paintings, relatable imagery and emotions created by line and color are used to tell and rewrite the stories of contemporary events.  In 2010, Hartman received the Merwin Altfeld Memorial Award for Storytelling in the Arts and recognition as a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society.  Using these paintings and illustrations as inspiration for sculptural jewelry designs, her adornment work has been featured in Art Jewelry Magazine and included in exhibitions such as TOP Jewels, International Jewelry Exhibition at the Durango Arts Center and Earthly Delights -Metalsmiths Inspired by Nature at Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL.  Hartman’s writing can be found at The Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, New York, her visual poetry, in Cutbank Literary Journal, Interrupture Literary Journal and through Plumbery Press.

Be Water My Friend . Sculptural Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet by Crystal Hartman

Be Water My Friend . Sculptural Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet by Crystal Hartman

The Lost Wax Carving and Casting Process:

With hot wax I draw and build organic forms on mannequins and around stones.  Each of these sculptural adornment pieces is added to a wax tree and placed in an iron flask.  Liquid investment (similar to plaster) is poured around the tree creating a mold, which is then placed in a kiln to melt out the wax and raise its temperature.  I then melt recycled sterling silver, bronze or gold at 1900 degrees and pour it into the hot mold.  Let it rest for a time, then slowly quench it in water.  The mold breaks and is cut away leaving what was once the tree of wax and is now silver, bronze or gold.  The individual pieces are clipped from the tree, sanded and cleaned, bails and posts are soldered on, and the work is tumbled.  Stones carefully set in place, I buff and polish each jewel; and, they are delivered to their new homes.

Sculptural Sterling Silver and High-Grade Royston Turquoise Bracelet

Sculptural Sterling Silver and High-Grade Royston Turquoise Bracelet

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

. Humanity . illustrations and paintings by Crystal Hartman at Pura Vida, Durango Colorado, July and August 2015

. Artists Working . invitational fundraiser for Willowtail Artist Residencies, July 19, 2015

. Carbondale Mountain Fair . Art Fair! Carbondale Colorado, July 24-26, 2015

Currently I am honored to be in residence at Willowtail Springs studying pollination, pollinators and specifically, honey bees... please stay tuned for upcoming exhibitions of this body of work as well as sweet facts, tips for apiarists and more images of ink and sculptural jewelry pieces telling the story of our winged friends.

Currently I am honored to be in residence at Willowtail Springs studying pollination, pollinators and specifically, honey bees... please stay tuned for upcoming exhibitions of this body of work as well as sweet facts, tips for apiarists and more images of ink and sculptural jewelry pieces telling the story of our winged friends.