Informed by the Natural World

Don’t miss the Sherry Tinsman Trunk Show October 1, 11 am to 4 pm — that’s tomorrow! — at the Michener Art Museum. Jeweler and metalsmith Tinsman was born in England but has lived along the Delaware River in Bucks County for 21 years, and that’s where she finds the inspiration for her 100 percent handmade creations. Informed by the natural world, spirals and dogwoods in silver and gold with accents of copper and brass are suitable for everyday wear or special occasions.

Says Tinsman: “I seldom draw my ideas on paper. Instead, I draw with my torch. In doing so, I give myself the freedom to take the silver beyond its limits and see what happens. I have an idea in my head and sometimes it takes a year or more to come to fruition because I like to experiment along the way.  For some of my pieces I use a process called “lost wax casting,” where I design and fabricate a piece that then gets turned into a casting. The women in my studio clean and solder these castings to assemble the jewelry.”

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