Taryn Leavitt in Gold
"Everything is hand made. My work begins with pure gold to which I add silver and copper to create a high carat yellow gold. I pull the wire I use and press the sheet. I fuse and solder and polish each piece. I work primarily in 22 or 20 carat gold with precious and semi precious stones.
Each piece is like a puzzle with many parts coming together to make a coherent whole. It's not so different from my past career as a news reporter. Each assignment began with disparate parts that had to be interpreted and carefully placed together to make a story. I began my adventure in gold while working full time as a TV news reporter in New York City. In the evening I was taking classes for a Masters program in Art History with a focus on Folk Art Studies. To complete the program I chose an elective in light metal sculpture. It was so much more fun than writing papers. I was hooked. I found a studio that taught ancient jewelry making techniques and began to turn a passion into a business.
There are few projects in life that have a real beginning, middle and an end. Even fewer projects that result in something beautiful.
My work can be seen at the store at The Museum of Arts and Design and at The Rubin Museum in New York City"
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