Patricia Madeja

Geometric Geode Neckpiece

Medium/Materials: 18k gold, lemon citrine

Dimensions: 17 x .65 x .35 inches

Year: 2015

Photographer: Kronus Photo

Artist Statement: 

My design inspiration derives from geometric forms and architectural structures with movement as an integral component of each piece. Craftsmanship and function is of the utmost importance to me. I thoughtfully engineer and fabricate each element and the mechanisms that enable motion within the work to create an overall playful elegance. I continually challenge myself to find unique ways to incorporate gemstones into my pieces and prefer to work with the material on my own terms. Clasps are carefully constructed and built into each piece to provide a continuous, uninterrupted visual flow. A high-polished surface treatment is applied to the metal to enhance the beauty of the gemstones and highlight the facets of each geometric structure.

Artist Biography:

Patricia Madeja, studio jeweler, goldsmith and educator; after receiving her BFA with an emphasis in jewelry from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1985, Madeja established her studio in 1989 on Long Island. She designs and produces limited edition collections and one-of-a-kind pieces in sterling, 14 and 18k gold. Inspired by geometric forms and architecture, she devises and fabricates mechanisms that enable motion in her elegantly playful designs. As an emerging studio jeweler in the late 1980s, Madeja was hired at Robert Lee Morris, where she worked her way up to design assistant. The recipient of such recognitions as an American Vision Award, the American Jewelry Design Council’s Award, Niche and Saul Bell Award, her work has been featured in periodicals and books including Adorn, 500 Necklaces, Art Jewelry Today, American Couture Jewelry, and The New Jewelers. Patricia’s most recent exhibitions include: Linked-Up, From Minimal to Bling: Contemporary Studio Jewelry, 50/50 Equal Parts Contemporary Jewelry and Forces of Nature/Natural Forces. In 1998, Pratt Institute hired her to teach in the jewelry program, appointed her jewelry coordinator in 2006, awarded her full-time academic appointment in 2011 and a full-professorship in 2015; she has crafted a program at Pratt that provides future jewelers and metalsmiths with an understanding of a diversified market place while grounding students in theory and studio practice.

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