Like many of us, Christine Keller dabbled in a variety of mediums before setting her sights on jewelry. She describes her style as whimsical & fun with edgier pieces that make a bold statement. “Christine began expressing herself as a wood-carver in 1995. In 2008, she took up pottery, leading to experiments with jewel-like cabochons of clay and melted glass. Having a lifelong love of jewelry, she began wire wrapping in 2009 as a way to incorporate the cabochons into pendants. She has since expanded the line to include rings, earrings, and bracelets. During the summer of 2012, Chris became a silversmith and has added handforged designs to the Chrizart collection.” I found her ‘Chunky Funky’ line to be of interest and easily translated into other mediums.
It is taking some time to decompress from ‘art camp’…aptly named by my grandchildren. 22 artists spent the week generously sharing a variety of tips and tricks. What constantly amazes me, is we are all working with similar materials…but in 22 distinct voices. My final impressions from the week are laughter, beautiful rainbows (including a double), some rather intriguing drink recipes, the depth of talent in the workroom (at times a little intimidating), the tranquility of our surroundings, and a sisterhood that is a rare gift.