The massive, dense clouds of gas and dust in space that make up a nebula is the place where stars are born. Using silver, shibuichi, bronze, copper, nickel, red brass and stalactite slices, metalsmith Victoria Altepeter interprets this special place in our universe with her new series Nebulae.
Altepeter, currently the resident artist at Arrowmont (read about her experience here), creates sculpture for the wall and jewelry inspired by the universe and it’s vastness. As I looked at each piece I realized that I wasn’t sure which ones were the larger wallpieces and which were brooches – I love when that happens. I didn’t add descriptions on purpose today. Can you tell which of these are for the wall and which are adornments for the body?
The combination of polymer clay and metal is becoming popular as a mixed media option. Polymer clay artist Judy Belcher tapped Altepeter to create a collaborative piece for the invitational exhibition Exploring Connections – part of the upcoming Synergy2 conference in Baltimore later this month – I can’t wait to see this in person at the conference.
Victoria Altepeter lives in that special place in the universe – the place where stars are born. Hot stuff!
More from Altepeter on Flickr.