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.

Jewelry Making Process Picture: Freshly hand carved wax by Colorado artist Crystal Hartman ready to be turned into predominately recycled sterling silver in the Lost Wax Process...

Jewelry Making Process Picture: Freshly hand carved wax by Colorado artist Crystal Hartman ready to be turned into predominately recycled sterling silver in the Lost Wax Process...

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

. Under Pressure - The Art of the Hand Pulled Print . Invitational Printmaking Exhibition, DAC, Durango Colorado April-May 2016

. Beyond the Stone - Contemporary Jewelry by Colorado Metalsmiths, Denver International Airport, Denver Colorado, June 6-September 30, 2016

- Workshop for GOAL - Drawing: Choose Your Story, Make Your Mark, Durango Arts Center, Durango Colorado, June 7-9, 2016

. Carbondale Mountain Fair - Carbondale Colorado, July 29-31

. Like a Teardrop and a Bullet . Rachel Mindell Publication with Cover Art by Crystal Hartman through Dancing Girl Press, Chicago, IL Spring 2016

. Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems after Federico Garcia Lorca, Edited by Natalie Peeterse Cover Art by Crystal Hartman, Published through Open Country Reading Series, Missoula, MT Spring 2016

The Impossibility of Being Understood by Another

Acrylic and Ink on Raw Canvas 153 x 275cm

This painting is now the cover of Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems after Federico Garcia Lorca, edited by Natalie Peeterse and available through Open Country Reading Press, Missoula MT.

 

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