Sunday, November 6, 2011

Judith Kaufman- Studio Goldsmith

Judith Kaufman, sapphire slice necklace
Diamond Slice Gold Necklace by Judith Kaufman

Opal Wave Gold Brooch by Judith Kaufman
Judith Kaufman has been a studio goldsmith for more than 30 years. Her work has been featured at  juried exhibitions and museums throughout the country. She has been honored by awards from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the American Craft Council, and Danforth Museum of Art. Her jewelry is also in the permanent collection of the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, and is sought after by many private collectors.

 Her work is included in Contemporary American Jewelry and 500 Gemstone Jewels, and has appeared in numerous publications, including a recent cover of Metalsmith Magazine.

Kaufman makes each unique piece by hand, combining different colors and carats of gold with stones of unusual cuts and hues—opals, aquamarines, moonstones, tourmalines, beryl, labradorite, prehnite, and diamonds. She sometimes incorporates natural and ancient artifacts.

Her goal: to harmonize color, texture, gold, and stones into jewelry that begs to be worn and enjoyed. "I start by making individual elements, cutting them up, embellishing them, and then rearranging them all into different patterns and shapes. When I trust my intuition and experience, the materials speak to me and guide me to something unexpected," says Kaufman. "There's such joy in finding beautiful materials to work with, and then letting myself be as loose and free with them as possible, as if I'm painting with fire, stones and gold."

Judith is a vision in labradorite at the Walters Art Museum Jewelry Show wearing her own labradorite necklace, a labradorite necklace from Lilly Fitzgerald, and labradorite ring by Whitney Abrams.


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