Jan Raven

Wausau, WI

2019 Booth #47


My creative process is driven primarily by my need to create patterns and texture with wire, and much of my focus remains with the timeless spiral shape. My work is created by using 14 karat gold-fill and Argentium silver, a patented, tarnish-resistant alloy of sterling silver. The silver is fused and forged in some designs, and all shaping is done by hand or with the aid of small hand tools. Elements of each design are woven together by hand with small-gauge wire. Necklace chains are woven entirely by hand with long lengths of wire; the weaving technique itself dates to the Viking era. The techniques I use are historically based or are derived from textile work. All components are made by me.