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The Metropolis Collection is inspired by the vitality of a cityscape. My jewelry is hand fabricated and forged, like the cities that are its inspiration. I’ve also been exploring the idea of hanging gardens, which bring nature into city life. These designs take inspiration from the canyons and peaks of the city and the decorative elements of its botanical forms & shapes. My designs use these motifs from the spectacular urban landscape.
I make all of my own hinges, settings, hollow fold-formed pods, and clasps. I use recycled 18, 22k gold, sterling silver, semi-precious & precious stones in raw, faceted and smooth surfaces. This work is not cast -it is all hand fabricated. Utilizing hammers, I sink and form the metal creating hollow form pods. I hand fabricate the clasps, incorporating them directly into the design allowing function, as well as adornment. I am drawn to the relationship between the metal, stones, movement and form, and how they transform the wearer within their environment.

Alison B. Antelman exhibits and sells her work from her studio, galleries and at craft shows nationally where she was awarded; 2013 Best in Show at the Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival in Ketchum, Idaho and the Scottsdale Arts Festival in Scottsdale, AZ; 2012 Merit Award at Main Street Arts Festival in Fort Worth, Texas; 2010 & 2009 Best of Jewelry and 2008 People’s Choice at Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival in Ketchum, Idaho; 2009 Best of Show-Jewelry at Park City Kimball Arts Festival in Park City, Utah.
She has participated in many exhibitions including at Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA; Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, WI; Facere’ Gallery in Seattle, WA, along with many galleries in California and throughout the country.
Her work is published in Lark Books Showcase 500 Art Necklaces-2013, Art Jewelry Today 3-2011 by Schiffer Publishing, San Francisco Chronicle article Five Jewelry Artists To Seek Out by Sylvia Rubin 2011, Lark Books 500 Gemstone Jewels-2010, Lapidary Journal’s Jewelry Artist magazine featuring fold-forming in May 2012, mechanisms and hinges December 2011 and Pendants in 2010.
Alison teaches classes and workshops at art centers and schools including; Revere Academy, Mendocino Art Center and Richmond Art Center in California; Craft Guild of Dallas in Dallas, TX; Sun Valley Center for Arts in Sun Valley, Idaho; at artists studios and schools, through Guilds across the country, as well as out of her own studio in the historic Sawtooth Building.
As former President (2007-2011) of the San Francisco Metal Arts Guild (founded in 1951) she continues enjoying proselytizing the word of metal arts. She is often found creating one-of-a-kind jewelry in her well-lit studio, The Sawtooth building in Berkeley, California.

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.