Creating in the traditional Lost-Wax process, I draw with liquid wax, building up small sculptural forms. I then create a mold around each piece, melt out the wax, pour in liquid sterling silver, break the mold and clean up the pieces. Once the stones (natural, high-grade and hand-cut by my father and brother) are set, I buff and polish each ring, pendant, bracelet and earring… to be delivered to its new home. Born and raised in Durango Colorado, I grew up in the jewelry industry, learning the business and skills alongside my family at Durango Silver Company.
The 2012 Lola Honeydew jewelry features petals and branches, peacock feathers and lace...Available online at LolaHoneydew
Crystal receiver her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005. Studying under Clinton Cline (lithography, monoprints and intaglio etching), Robert Nauman (contemporary art history), Sally Ellio (Drawing) and, Christopher Lavery (Sculpture and conceptual thought) she began exhibiting her artwork, prints and video installations, internationally while at school. In 2008, Hartman moved to Barcelona Spain to film skateboarding for Null Skateboards, at the same time exhibiting paper and video installations in office buildings and at the CCCB - Center for Contemporary Culture, Barcelona. Hartman was inducted as a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society for her contemporary watercolor paintings winning the Merwin Altfeld Memorial Award for Storytelling in the Arts. She is the founder of Durango Open Studios, a tour of working art spaces in Durango Colorado, a project begun in an effort to bring an art community together and allow the general public the opportunity to understand process in art. She is a member of The Panoply, a women's art collective based in Colorado. Hartman works out of her studio in Durango, her designs in adornment represent the accessible side of a larger artistic vision inspired by nature, storytelling and art history.
One of a kind natural stone with gold or sterling silver jewelry designs at Durango Silver Company
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© Crystal Hartman Art & Jewelry-2012