Nancy Megan Corwin (Washington)
Mussels of Rottnest Island
Medium/Materials: Brooch, sterling silver, 24kt gold
Dimensions: 2.25 x 3 x .25 Inches
Photographer: Doug Yaple
The process of organic metalsmithing, in which the material exhibits a sense of movement and shows the hand of the maker, is at the heart of my work. I express this aesthetic by using the ancient techniques of chasing (surface detailing and texturing) and repoussé (to punch sheet metal from the back to create volume). I share with artisans from all ages a process that is one of the most intimate conversations with an inanimate material that exists in metalsmithing. The repetitive hammering used to make these forms and marks in the metal has become my heartbeat and my breath. Every blow, and there are thousands in each piece, is it’s own mark, regardless of whether the end results show them individually or as contiguous. The forms and surfaces of my work are responses to the plant, rock and marine life materials that I collect and study. It is not their outlines or recognizable aspects that interest me. Rather it is the rhythm and depth of the textures that are my inspiration.
Nancy Mēgan Corwin is a jeweler/metalsmith, teacher, curator and writer in the field of art metals specializing in the ancient techniques of chasing and repoussé. She teaches master classes and lectures around the United States, Canada, England and Australia. In their Spring 2000 issue, Metalsmith featured Mēgan’s work in a 5-page article titled “Nancy Mēgan Corwin” by Michael Channing. She was also selected for Metalsmith’s “Exhibition in Print-2000.” In Ornament Magazine’s Fall, 2009 issue Mēgan was featured with an article by Carl Little titled “Nancy Mēgan Corwin: A Passion for Technique” and the cover image of her piece “Autumn Tiara.” Her work continues to be represented in many more publications and books to this date. In 2009 Brynmorgen Press published Mēgan’s book on the techniques of chasing and repoussé, titled “Chasing and Repoussé: Methods Ancient and Modern,” which is in it’s second printing and is available internationally. Mēgan has artwork in a number of private collections throughout the United States, in The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, the permanent collection of The State University of New Mexico-Las Cruces Art Gallery, and at the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington in their permanent collection. Mēgan exhibits work at Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA.