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Being a Coppersmith has allowed me to work with a metal that is warm and giving when forming, patinating and texturing it. Don’t get me wrong, I also work in silver and brass, but copper is my favorite metal, the one I go to first when designing jewelry.
Firelight Designs was born in a small studio in an extra room in a house in Spokane during 2000. My work has evolved and developed into what you see today, just as I have personally grown in how I perceive nature and the world around me.
A degree in Art History has shown me the evolution of art, form and function across many applications; studying scientific illustration brought me closer to nature. Starting as an oil painter learning old masters’ techniques, learning and practicing with watercolors, mixed media, and ultimately jewelry design have been steps along the creative path. I still draw and paint, and so in jewelry designs I attempt to bring color, movement, texture, form and other elements into a three-dimensional creation.
After nearly two years of evolution of mind and spirit, I have made a big move to a new home, and I have taken Firelight Designs with me!
Gone is the log home on Guemes Island, and the studio which saw many students attend classes, and many creative moments. I sailed on the Guemes ferry for the last time on August 4, 2022 with a very packed car. My cat, Pika, and I picked up a friend along the way and arrived in Wisconsin four days later!
Big changes are coming in 2023 for Firelight Designs. I am beginning a Certified Creative Coaching class which will finish up in the Spring. I plan on hosting online classes offering an entirely different type of creative experience.
© Darlene Klister