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As early as I can remember I have been interested in nature and art. I have  always been fascinated with art history and learned about European art through books and antique treasures. Jewelry tells a story and history of the people who wear the creations.

 

I fabricate all my work from sheet and wire stock of sterling silver, fine silver and 14k yellow gold, with some of my cast work included. Colored stones are added to enhance  to the design. I use traditional  jewelry making techniques,  soldering with a propane/oxygen torch, cutting with a hand saw, forming with  hammers and sometimes using a hydralic press. I also etch, weave metal, texture metal with rolling mill and torch and fusing metals together. When casting, I first carve from wax, burn the wax out of the mold, and inject molten metal to create the piece.  All my work is hand polished to finish.

           

My interest in creating metalwork  developed in the 1960’s while in high school in Middletown, MD.  I graduated from St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s City, MD, with an art education major, with a focus on three-dimensional artwork and metalwork.  After graduating in 1974, I taught art in Frederick county, MD, both in private and public school systems. Between 1978-1988, I worked for several retail jewelers as a bench worker. From 1988-1998 I was resident jeweler and co-owner of Gallery on 2nd in Frederick, MD.

           

Since 1999 I’ve been teaching jewelry classes at DVAC (Delaplaine Visual Arts Center), Frederick, MD, and HCC (Hagerstown Community College), Hagerstown, MD. I continue to create custom work and my line of  jewelry.  My work is on display in multiple gift galleries: at DVAC gift gallery and The Muse, Frederick, MD; WCAC gallery, Hagerstown, MD; Gifts In Boonsboro, Boonsboro, MD; and Arts Alliance gallery, Arts Alliance of Waynesboro, Waynesboro, PA.

Beth Carey ~ Studio2bcj