Artisan at work
Awards Lapidary Journal / Jewelry Arts Awards 2005 - 1st Place Winner/Bracelet
30-MINUTE Lark Book series by Marthe Le Van Designs in three books:
30-MINUTE earrings 2010
30-MINUTE necklaces 2010
30-MINUTE bracelets 2012
I have been mystified by jewelry for as long as I can remember. I collected
antique jewelry as a young child and remember being in awe of the magical
pieces in my mother's jewelry box. Occasional trips to an intriguing local
antique shop opened the door to a love of creating one of a kind jewelry art.
The selection of materials and techniques for my work have a strong connection
to my adoration of natural forms. I get excited about the contrast of textures
on metal surfaces. My work is primarily fabricated in silver and/or gold. I
often embellish my pieces with unusual gemstones, for their amazing beauty and color.
I enjoy the design process from drawing to a completed piece. I love
discovering and experimenting with new techniques and materials as I design new
collections. Consequently my work is ever changing!
I am a professional Metalsmith, Graduate Gemologist and Designer and have worked in various areas of the jewelry business/ industry over
many years. I have taught various levels of Metalsmithing and jewelry design at Syracuse University, Cazenovia College, Brunswick Community
College and Leland Cultural Arts Center, along with workshops at various art centers.
Currently, I enjoy creating one of a kind jewelry designs in silver and gold. I sell my work in several shops and galleries in New York Sate and
North Carolina. I also enjoy teaching jewelry making processes and techniques in my home studio.