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.
The Bees... meditations on pollination, illustrations and painting on handmade scrolls
In the spring on the sun soaked, rich, red dirt that held my body, stuck in my hair and remains in my pockets and heart, I lay with the wild honeybees that carried me to their trees and changed a cold concept of nature and service into a warmth and harmony worth sharing. Willowtail Springs offered me the space to breathe, listen and relate a story of the natural world. Inspired by the quiet and hum of life, by the ripples in the lake that found their way onto the handmade rice paper scrolls, this series of pollinators was created in a temporal process with honey-based watercolor, ink and chalk.
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.
*Opening Reception February 23, 5-8pm... Wow - an exhibition of contemporary jewelry design featuring new work from Crystal Hartman, Carol Solomon, Amina Bettye, and Janet Spear - Studio &, 1027 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301
*Boneyard Arts Festival - April 12-15, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois... more information and exhibition location coming soon!
*The Bees - Studio Colfax, 2418 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206