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Douglas Wunder, Metalsmithing and Jewelry

E. Douglas Wunder

The seeds for jewelry design began at an early age and took form in college. When I was five I began making plastic models. I focused on science fiction related themes and subjects of World War Two. With continued years of interest, I developed unique skills for making miniature objects. In college at The University of Iowa I became interested in studio art gravitating to metalsmithing and jewelry design. I developed a unique style, focusing on abstract imagery with the use of titanium and cold connections. By the time I graduated in 1989 the years of making models and the education in metalworking provided opportunities for professional success. I now live in Kutztown Pennsylvania with my wife Amy and daughter Annabel. My wife is a professor in art education at Kutztown University. I work from home as a solo artist and travel the country teaching and exhibiting jewelry. As a family we enjoy cooking and entertaining. To keep in shape I train regularly in Shorin-ryu Karate. When time provides I take pleasure in getting involved in my community and keeping track of my beloved Iowa Hawkeye football team.
Artist’s Statement:
My jewelry features abstract geometric images. Inspiration comes from the combination of natural and technological objects. The manner in which balance, contrast and shape flow together compose the feel of my work.

The creative process begins with a sketched conceptual image. The object of interest is transformed into a technical drawing incorporating engineering and aesthetic concerns. The parts are then cut from sheet metal specifically following the demands of the intended design.

Each jewelry item is constructed with titanium and other mixed metals such as gold and silver. The components of each piece are refined and textured. The parts are then arranged in multiple layers and separated by cut pieces of tubing (spacers). Cold connecting with rivets completes the design.

My goal is to make jewelry that is unique, well made and pleasing to the eye. The work is challenging although fun to make. I try to express each piece in a clean, detailed and dramatic manner.