What We Try To Hide

Copper, Silver,Brass,Paua Shell, and CZ

2.5 x 1.5 x 0.43 inches

Photographed by artist

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My entry is all about the mind. The challenge theme, “Hidden”, inspired my use of the materials provided to create an allegorical representation of the mind and it’s subconscious. Hence the title, What We Try To Hide. The word “hidden” morphed into “secrets” and then into the cache for secrets, our subconscious. The copper ribbon component stands in for the conscious brain. The paua shell, which I found in New Zealand many years ago, works as a symbol of the smooth, shiny façade that we try to show the world. Behind that façade is the reality of our flaws, which sometimes become manifest. As the shell swings freely from side to side it offers glimpses of hidden colors and textures representative of our complexities.


My jewelry career spans about 30 years and includes a little bit of everything, design, fabrication, bench work, casting, stone cutting, stone setting, and selling. It began when I came across an article about how to make earrings with buttons. Sounded fun so I tried it and instantly became hooked on making jewelry. After that first pair of earring, I sought out classes in all aspects of jewelry making. Beginning with a wire wrapping class and ending with 6 years of studio instruction with a master goldsmith (Clemente Urratia); with all the jewelry arts classes at Pasadena City College in between.

In the past, I worked for a variety of clients and manufactures, designing fashion, bridge, fine and bridal jewelry. I’ve also worked as a consultant for clients wanting to launch jewelry lines.

Instead of continuing to design for commercial manufactures or private clients, I have recently decided to focus on my own art, designing and creating mostly one of a kind pieces in silver and gold here in my Los Angeles studio as Anna Vosburg Design. The results of my efforts can be seen on: my website,, Pintrest, and Facebook.

I am currently a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and the Metal Arts Society of Southern California. A past member of the Women’s Jewelry Association where I served on the board as Secretary for 2 years.