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.

Ink and watercolor illustration of a sweet little worker bee, Honeybee by Crystal Hartman... for custom Illustration and painting inquiries please contact us at: info@crystalhartman.com xx 

Ink and watercolor illustration of a sweet little worker bee, Honeybee by Crystal Hartman... for custom Illustration and painting inquiries please contact us at: info@crystalhartman.com xx 

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.

Fly out the birdcage and into the sky... flourishing, hand-carved, predominately recycled sterling silver Garden of the Mind and Natural, High-Grade Nevada Turquoise Rings by Crystal Hartman Art Jewelry. 

Fly out the birdcage and into the sky... flourishing, hand-carved, predominately recycled sterling silver Garden of the Mind and Natural, High-Grade Nevada Turquoise Rings by Crystal Hartman Art Jewelry. 

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

August 27th... Art in the Afternoon . a Fundraiser for the Willowtail Springs Artist Residency 1-4pm. Details at willowtail.org

September 15th... Harvest . Artist Reception and Exhibition Opening at IlluminArts, 1309 East 3rd Avenue, Durango Colorado

September 29th... Reverie . Artists of the Willowtail Residency . Opening Reception at The Durango Arts Center, 802 East 2nd Avenue, Durango Colorado

November 3... String Theory and Pollination Hiberation . Opening Reception at The Recess Gallery, Studio &, 1027 Main Avenue, Durango Colorado

 

Pollinators... tis the season for getting out in the garden, for eating fresh, whole foods and sharing some gratitude with the life all around us helping to keep it bright, colorful and flourishing.  Thank You Honeybees! 

Ink and Watercolor Scroll by Crystal Hartman... on view at IllumenArts, Durango Colorado September-December 2017, Opening Reception September 15th, 2017

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