Thursday, September 8, 2011

Exhibition - Wendy McAllister Jewelry

There's something about the enamel jewelry
  created by Wendy McAllister that
makes me smile every time I see it.

She has the ability to translate her ideas into
delightfully delicate and intricate compositions.
But there's more to her work than that.
Her enamel work expresses an optimistic
 point of view - there's so much
color and motion in her jewelry -
 it positively dances with joyful exuberance!

These pieces are so reminiscent of the pinwheels
we played with as children.

Her sculptural enamel brooches and pendants
showcase her avid interest in the colors and formations
of the natural world around us.  She explains
on her website,

"My jewelry refers to the botanical world with its riotous clash of cobalt, chartreuse, and crimson. I am drawn to the lush blossoms . . . All that sumptuous, unabashed beauty is purposeful, and it sweeps me away . . . ."

Many of her pieces are geometrical in design
yet exude an organic feeling and
her botanical inspiration can
 be seen in each piece.

And at times her bright enamels create a
kaleidoscopic effect.

This artist's work will be included in an exhibit at the
Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts
from September 13 until November 12.

This exhibit is called,
"Objects of Status, Power and Adornment:
 The Studio Jewelry Movement 1950 - 2011"
and features the work of 100 international
 artists working in diverse materials
and techniques, and explores the history of 
studio jewelry over
the course of more than 60 years.

Some of the artists represented at this
exhibit include:

Marianne Anderson, Donna Barry, Donna Brennan, Sharon Church, Lisa Cinelli, Petra Class, Margot di Cono, Betty Cooke, Marilyn Cooperman, Valerie Jo Coulson, Susan Cross, Jenny Deans, Cristina Dias, Cindy Eid, Arline Fisch, Christine S. Forni, Emily Garfield, Lydia Gerbig-Fast, Joanna Gollberg, Elizabeth Goluch, Anna Gordon, Laurie Hall, Mary Lee Hu, Reiko Ishiyama, Janis Kerman, Daphne Krinos, Rena Koopman, Linda MacNeil, Wendy Wallin Malinow, Elizabeth McDevitt, Leah Meleski, Nancy Michel, Joan Parcher, Jeanie Pratt, Suzan Rezac, Kamilla Ruberg, Mary Ann Scherr, Joyce Scott, Helen Shirk, Marilyn da Silva, Christina Smith, Brooke M. Swanson, Beverly Tadeu, Manya Tessler, Rachelle Thiewes, Linda Threadgill, Cynthia Toops, Jennifer Trask, Donna Veverka, Mallory Weston, Heather White, Karin Worden

You can find more information about this exhibition


  1. WOW! That is some some beautiful and intricate enamel jewelry. Please post more of this jewelers work.

  2. Amazing work, intriguing use of enamel!

  3. Wendy McAllister's work is wonderful. Her exuberant use of color realy seems to energize the pieces. Her skill with enamelling on delecate forms and seamlessly integrating them with the metal is fantastic. I love her work.


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