Amethyst in Cement
Medium/Materials: Sterling silver, steel, cement, amethyst
Dimensions: 2 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches
Photographer: J. Cotter Studio
My work consists of creating images from a variety of materials not normally associated with jewelry such as steel, concrete, rocks and sought after everyday objects. By combining non-precious materials with precious materials, used to create intimate jewelry objects, I seek to challenge notions and assumptions of how jewelry is perceived.
I’ve often been torn between loyalties to art and craft but have come to the conclusion that the distinction really does not matter and is no longer necessary. Just as one does not buy a painting because of the number of tubes of paint brushed on the canvas, jewelry is not merely the sum of its intrinsic materials. The design and idea embodied in a piece of jewelry captures the energy and makes the statement not the costly materials it is made from. I enjoy the idea of combining disparate materials to assert that jewelry doesn’t have to be precious metal or gemstones and can survive outside the common perceptions of what properly constitutes jewelry.
Jim Cotter has been making his work in the Vail Valley in Colorado for the past 40 years. He is represented by galleries across the U.S. and is in museums and collections worldwide, including the Dorsky Museum, the Wustum Museum of Fine Art, and the McDonalds Corporation collection. Cotter owns and operates two contemporary jewelry and art galleries in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado, as well as a full time studio in Minturn, CO.