Hiroshi Minato- Somerville MA

Meet an Artist 
Hiroshi Minato's Creative Process

Which are you more interested in?  Going to a museum to see paintings, or going to a studio to talk about the creative process? My answer might be the latter one. In fact, my art/design friends and I always enjoy talking about creative processes, not only because we can get a better understanding of our work, but also because we generate new ideas, processes, and designs for our artistic creations. I am a jewelry designer and am delighted to share my creative processes with you. I hope it will be helpful for your future artistic creations.

I use one of two processes in jewelry making. The first is to begin by generating a mental image, a design idea which exists before I ever pick up the materials. The second is to begin with no idea at all, allowing the design to unfold as I work. Lets talk about the former. I cut a small piece from a roll of aluminum wire and form with it using pliers, a hammer, sandpaper and other tools, according to plan.  It's based on a design idea in my brain. Its relatively fast as long as the idea is solid. But, how do I come up with these ideas? In fact, design ideas come from almost every part of my life. Sometimes good ideas come about spontaneously while I'm busy with another activity, like swimming. At other times I search for clues in my environment and the objects that inhabit them, for example, historical buildings and Zen gardens. Observing the shapes in architectural and natural forms often works well for my jewelry. They are asymmetric, yet balanced, simple, yet sophisticated. The clues exist not only in sense of sight, but in sense of touch. Going to a fabric store to touch fabrics is a great way to get new ideas about texture, which then serve as tactile inspiration for my next piece.

The latter process is very different because neither a design nor an image is needed. That is, I just cut a piece of wire and then try to feel what the piece wants to be, following the flow. This process is slower and much more interactive. Each movement is an experiment, building upon the one that came before it. Its very enjoyable. I feel its a meditation. I do not expect too much for my results, but more than half of my favorite pieces were created in this way. I do not know what is happening during this process. Scientists might figure it out one day.

After creating new pieces, either by design or creative experimentation, I wait a few days before I look at them again, in order to see them with fresh eyes and check if they suit my style. If they look unique without asserting their uniqueness directly, they are totally great. When I succeed I feel that my pieces create the time and space around them.

New Compression Collection

Come in see Karenna's latest compression necklaces and earrings. This series of necklaces are fun and light weight; the perfect combination for summer! The thin loops are handmade from copper by hammering and oxidizing the metal. The larger brass necklace links are individually cut and hammered; they have a light patina added.
This collection originated from a study of work done with wire and the circular form. They are a play off of her washer collection into a more organic feel.


New Earrings by Petya

Petya Madzharova, who creates earrings that are both simple and stunning, was born on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. She studied science in school, and uses metalsmithing as her creative outlet. She is inspired by minimalism, and often simplifies forms she finds in nature in her jewelry. Petya uses brass and copper in her designs. The grey color on the copper is achieved by oxidizing the copper with 'liver of sulfur', which got its name from the liver brown color of the mixture in solid form. All of her earrings are graceful and simple, and will add a touch of elegance to any outfit.

New Bracelets: Cuffs and Bangles

 Jennifer Rayburn- Little Kings Vintage Brass and Labradorite Bangles, The bangles are sturdy yet small and simple.
 Jennifer Rayburn- Little Kings Vintage Brass and Labradorite Bangles, Different charms for different moods or wear all with your favorite summer looks.

Jan Sallum- Alcohol Ink Cuffs, Organic and energetic summer colors
Jan Sallum- Alcohol Ink Cuffs, Sunset landscape scene is a fun summer motif.