THE IMPORTANCE OF HANDMADE
Shopping small and buying local is one of the best ways to directly support arts and culture in your community and beyond.
KNOW YOUR MAKER
Angela Caldera, and LuxeArtisan Studio are based out of Madison, WI. This Midwest business is woman-owned and operated, currently dedicated to bringing you finely crafted, original artisan-made jewelry. Stay tuned for upcoming additions to the site in the not too distant future.
LEARN ABOUT THE PROCESS
I use a variety of techniques in fabricating this line of work and every component of these pieces is handmade (with the exception of the Italian-made chains that accompany them). The designs are original, first sketched out on paper, then used to make patterns and stencils that are transferred to the material. Almost everything begins as a piece of sheet metal and is cut, filed, shaped and sanded entirely by hand. Some pieces have textured components that are embossed using a manually powered rolling mill that actually transfers the pattern of another material onto the metal in relief. Others are hammered to create facets that catch the light. Once the fabrication is complete, I often use a patina to oxidize the metals to give an antique look that enhances and highlights texture in the metal. Each piece is then waxed and polished to help protect the finish.
EXPLORE THE MATERIALS
I believe in utilizing materials that are as environmentally responsible as possible in every aspect of my practice- from the metal, tools and equipment involved in fabricating these pieces, to the supplies used to pack and ship your order. At times this can be a challenge (and sometimes impacts what I choose to make), but being a small business with limited production also allows me to really pay attention to all the details. Every step makes a difference, but there is always more to do.
We can all work together to return value to the skill of fine craftsmanship, quality materials and purposeful commerce.