Pat Evans – Artist Statement: As a child I loved playing with my mother’s broken and cast-off jewelry. When I took a class in silver metal clay many years later, I knew I had found my passion. Metal clay allows me to sculpt, carve and manipulate silver to create the forms I love, those inspired by natural forms, flora and fauna. It also allows me to incorporate color through colored gems and stones, fused glass, enamel and resin. It even can bring in techniques I learned in fiber arts and mixed-media.
I am a former elementary school teacher and the mother of 5, so it is perhaps not surprising that I work in universal symbols that can be found even in children’s art. I start with traditional themes like hearts, trees and flowers, then I work to bring a fresh look at these icons. I believe that these common themes are part of the collective consciousness, serving to connect people with each other. I aim to make jewelry that is both classic and contemporary, jewelry that brings a sense of joy and connectedness to the wearer.
I share my love of learning and jewelry-making as a regular tool and book review columnist for Metal Clay Artist Magazine. I earned Art Clay Senior Instructor status, and teach jewelry making to adults in my home studio in Gilroy and at shows around the country. I delight in helping people of all ages discover their innate creativity. In my work and my teaching, I try to keep the fresh outlook of childhood combined with the self-confidence I’ve attained as an adult.
My work has been published in Lark Books’ Beading with Pearls, Metal Clay Artist, Fired Arts and Crafts and Metal Clay Today.
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