Necklace on yellow vinyl coated steel wire.
Slate, Copper, Enamel
Copper Earrings with green crystal drop.
Length = 1.5" including crystal
reversible necklace with two distinct sides
steel and rubber chain
Slate triangle rests on silver with silver tubing and wire supporting the triangle while grasping a druzy mounted in sterling silver while all dangles from scenic jasper beads.
Piece of slate with counter sunk cubic zircons. Meandering silver tubing and wire surrounds a domed silver disc which has flecks of Monel scatteered in the silver. A blue topaz set in silver provides closure to the tube and wire surround.
Slate cut into triangular shape with vitreous enamel fired onto it. Set in sterling silver with fused silver accent as well as round, faceted peridot set in sterling tube setting. Hangs from Heavy gauge neck ring.
Kiln fired slate encapsulated in resin mounted onto sterling silver accented with rutilated quartz and bronze rectangular tube. Mounted on silver neck ring.
Kiln fired slate encapsulated with resin accented with Ethiopian opal set in silver tube embedded in resin. Silver and gold granulation accents the silver background while a labradorite sits atop the piece. Mounted on silver neck ring.
Pendant with photo decal on enamel, brass, silver handmade chain.
Rectangular copper stud earring accented with corrugated silver strip
The design and creation of the work I do is an intimate, dynamic process. Whether beginning with a preconceived design or testing out new ideas, I recognize when a piece starts to define itself and work with that energy.
Much of my work is in the cloisonné genre, a highly labor intensive process. However, after completing several cloisonné pieces, I find freedom and vigor in hammering and forming metal. The experience of fold forming allows for the creation of more sculptural metalwork. The combination of cloisonné and sculptural metalwork is a new direction I am currently exploring.
I find nature provides the perfect subject matter for creating with shimmering, transparent enamels. From the obviously beautiful to the unsettling, there is no end to the opportunities for interpreting nature’s creations with metal and enamels. Together the two support and enrich the viewers’ experience.
Charlene lives in Charlottesville Virginia where she works out of the McGuffy Art Center.