Featured Artist Dawn Middleton

Stunning jewelry created by artist Dawn Middleton reflects the colors, shapes and magical forms found in nature. Learn more about this artist by visiting her website.

 

“Glacial Druzy” Hemimorphite Druzy, Aquamarine, Sterling Silver and 18 kt Gold, 1.25" x 2.25" x .5" by artist Dawn Middleton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Glacial Druzy” Hemimorphite Druzy, Aquamarine, Sterling Silver and 18 kt Gold, 1.25″ x 2.25″ x .5″

 

As a young girl growing up in Alaska, I was drawn to the colors and forms found in nature. I have always been especially drawn to moss, lichen, mushrooms, trees and found objects from the earth.

 

“Medicine Woman” Chinese Writing Stone, Sonora Sunrise Jasper, Citrine, Sterling Silver and 18 kt Gold, 1.5" x 2.5" x .25" by artist Dawn Middleton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Medicine Woman” Chinese Writing Stone, Sonora Sunrise Jasper, Citrine, Sterling Silver and 18 kt Gold, 1.5″ x 2.5″ x .25″

 

Echoing the connection indigenous people have with all living things, I feel a reverence for every object that came from the earth as if it were a sacred art form.

 

“Shark Eye Growing Coral” Shark Eye Shell with Cast Sterling Silver, 2" x 2.5" x .5" by artist Dawn Middleton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Shark Eye Growing Coral” Shark Eye Shell with Cast Sterling Silver, 2″ x 2.5″ x .5″

 

Today, I believe my gift lies in my ability to see the energy and vibration of color and the natural flow and order of the universe.

 

“Lady of the Deep” Kings Crown Shell, Raw Faceted Aquamarine and Sterling Silver, 2" x 3" x .5" by artist Dawn Middleton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Lady of the Deep” Kings Crown Shell, Raw Faceted Aquamarine and Sterling Silver, 2″ x 3″ x .5″

 

When I consider a stone or precious metal, I’m able to connect with the life it holds, and its potential. This begins my process of visualization, coming from my center, and ultimately expressed through my art.

 

“Druzy Snail Pendant” Druzy Quartz, Cast Sterling Silver, Sterling Silver and 14 kt Gold, 2.5” x 1.5” x .25” by artist Dawn Middleton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Druzy Snail Pendant” Druzy Quartz, Cast Sterling Silver, Sterling Silver and 14 kt Gold, 2.5” x 1.5” x .25”

 

“Fire” and “flow” are integral parts of metalsmithing, and both have deep spiritual meaning for me.

 

“Pele Rising” Red Sponge Coral, Chinese Writing Stone, White Topaz stone and Sterling Silver, 1.5” x 3.5” x .5” by artist Dawn Middleton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Pele Rising” Red Sponge Coral, Chinese Writing Stone, White Topaz stone and Sterling Silver, 1.5” x 3.5” x .5”

 

I’m inspired by the Hawaiian goddess of fire, Pele, a deity believed to have created the volcanic Hawaiian Islands. She represents the power of what it means to be female. When I bring my torch to the metal, I watch for the transformation and flow that follows, like a feminine energy. You will see this feminine energy throughout my creations.

 

“Moon Drop Earrings” Opalite, Blue Topaz, Sapphire and Sterling Silver, .5" x 2" x .25" by artist Dawn Middleton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Moon Drop Earrings” Opalite, Blue Topaz, Sapphire and Sterling Silver, .5″ x 2″ x .25″

 

All of my life experiences contribute to where I am today.

 

“Boulder Opal Alchemy” Boulder Opal, Lolite, Sterling Silver and 18 kt Gold, 1.25" x 1.5" x .25" by artist Dawn Middleton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Boulder Opal Alchemy” Boulder Opal, Lolite, Sterling Silver and 18 kt Gold, 1.25″ x 1.5″ x .25″

 

I began work as a spot welder for Ford Motor Company, then pursued a career in interior design. I began designing jewelry soon after and became an art show entrepreneur to share my creations with others.

 

“Labradorite with Branch” Labradorite, Cast Sterling Silver and Sterling Silver, 2" x 3" x .25" by artist Dawn Middleton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Labradorite with Branch” Labradorite, Cast Sterling Silver and Sterling Silver, 2″ x 3″ x .25″

 

It’s all part of my own continuous life flow, and I’m grateful for every turn. Every experience creates and forms the artist I was meant to be. Nothing has been wasted, no skill left untouched. Nothing is thrown away.

 

“Witchy Labradorite” Labradorite Stone, Cast Sterling Silver and Sterling Silver, 3.5" x 1" x .75" by artist Dawn Middleton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Witchy Labradorite” Labradorite Stone, Cast Sterling Silver and Sterling Silver, 3.5″ x 1″ x .75″

 

I am excited to see what creation will be flowing through me next.

 

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