contemporary goldsmith

North of Here

April 10, 2016
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"North of Here" is an oil painting on canvas board. It measured 9" x 12" and painted by Barbara J Hart. It is of a road in the Hudson Valley, NY

NORTH OF HERE © Barbara J Hart is oil on canvas board and measures 9″ x 12″

North of Here is oil on canvas board and it was inspired from a photo that I took a few years ago during my stay in the Hudson Valley, New York. In this painting I attempt to capture the fleeting moments of light on atmosphere. I wanted to create the feeling of being there on the road, looking at the field and enjoying those fluffy clouds!

How does the permanence of the land and the impermanence of the shifting light affect our perspective of the landscape and our experience of it?

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Hello Summer – Finding Inspiration Along the French Broad River

July 3, 2015
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Me in Asheville River Arts District2

Yours truly in front of one of the many murals in Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD). Photo by Lee Wolfe.

Summer is here! Hope you are enjoying the beginnings of the season. Even though it was cool and rainy yesterday, ceramic artist Lee Wolfe and I took a break from our studios to meet for lunch and visit a few studios. We had a fun time, catching up, taking lots of Instagram photos and talking to other artists.

We met in the River Arts District a/k/a the RAD, along the French Broad River. The neighborhood was once the industrial heart of Asheville. The district continues to thrive today but with a different creative spirit; one full of artists, musicians and restaurants and a micro-brewery.

After we stuffed ourselves with fish tacos at White Duck Taco Shop, we headed off to visit a few studios. Here are two that we enjoyed.

Andrew Kulish of Studio A is a vibrant artist and designer. She creates handmade lamps, pysanky eggs, mixed media art along with her graphic design work.

Studio A artist and designer, Andrea Kulish

Studio A artist and designer, Andrea Kulish

Many lovely Pysanky Eggs by Andrea Kulish

Many lovely pysanky eggs created by Andrea Kulish using traditional Ukrainian patterns as well as her own modern designs.

The rare Ukrainian folk tradition of creating pysanky eggs is a unique part in the mosaic of America’s varied cultural heritage. Andrea is very excited to share the making of the eggs with people and does live demos and workshops for those who want to dive deeper in the pysanky egg making artform.

When we walked into Pat Phillips studio she was in the process of adding a patina to links for her newest necklace. And, we got to watch the process!

Pat Phillips with creating a patina to metal links

Pat Phillips applying a patina to metal links

Pat Phillips'almost completed necklace.

Pat Phillips’almost-completed necklace.

Pat creates contemporary one-of-a-kind jewelry designs using silver and gold.

Both studios are located at the Pink Dog Creative. If you are in town, stop by for a visit. Andrea and Pat would love to see you.


Pink Dog Creative – Don’t you just love all these bright colors?

You know, sometimes its good to take a break from the studio, spend the afternoon with a friend, visit other studios and come back inspired. I know I did!

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Up Close with Pat Phillips, Contemporary Asheville Goldsmith

April 2, 2015
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Here is the first in a series of artist interviews to give you a peek into the many ways art is made. The interviews are a celebration of creative work done by passionate people in all sorts of different spaces along with their working processes that reveals each artist’s aesthetic and perspective.

First up,  Patricia Phillips. I first met Pat when I stepped into her studio in the River Arts District Asheville. She is warm, dynamic and engaging and  is a goldsmith artist, creating one-of-a-kind works. Her metals are an outgrowth of her larger wall relief sculptures. Her art works speak of a strength and power. She is happy to share her understanding and excitement for the arts with others.

Pat Phillips at work in her Asheville studio


How does living in Asheville, NC influence your art?

Pat: Living in Asheville gives an artist three things that you don’t have in most areas. The first is a very rich history of crafts and fine art which is both inspiring while supporting an audience appreciative of the arts. Second are the number of really fine artists working which creates a very high standard to live up to and a great supportive network of artists to interact with. Third is the natural beauty of the area. When you live in a truly beautiful area you want to make beautiful things.

What advice would you give other artists?

Pat: Become a doctor! Only kidding but you do have to ask yourself “How are you going to pay for the luxuries in life? Like food and a roof over your head.” The best way to be creative is to make each work from your gut and inner spirit without having to be concerned about its marketability.  With each work be true to yourself and you will make better works. Try not to be influenced by wondering if it is going to sell or if others are going to like it.

Pat Phillips samples of beautiful jewelry

Samples of Pat Phillips’ beautiful contemporary jewelry

Why do you choose to work in silver/metals?

Pat: I come from a wall relief sculpture background and still make wood wall relief sculptures which are painted with encaustics. The metals, while still satisfying my sculpture needs, are a way for me to work small and on a more personal level with people. After all they will be putting them on their body and wearing them in public. 00

What is your creative process like? Tell us about your techniques.

Pat: My creative process begins with an idea I want to communicate. In order for a work of art to be successful, it must first have a sound conceptual background.  It is important to encourage the viewer to think about the issues addressed in the work.
With the metals it is very important to me to not use any prefabricated units but make everything in the tradition of true goldsmithing. All my work is created from a sheet of silver and/or wire. In some cases very ancient techniques are used dating back as much as 5,000 years. All chains and clasp are hand-wrought as I feel it is important to keep these techniques alive.
What is your working routine?

Pat: I have found that it is very important to keep regular studio hours each day as opposed to waiting to be inspired. If you have a set time and go into the studio creativity will come. It is important to have a place to work where you can leave your materials setup and ready. I address my studio time with respect and discipline setting goals for each day.

Pat Phillips’ work has been featured in numerous solo, two-person and juried group exhibitions throughout the eastern United States including six one-person shows in New-York City. Pat’s March 2000 show at the Walter Wickiser Gallery in NY received a favorable review in Art News. She holds a Masters of Fine Art from Florida State University with a focus on painting and sculpture. Pat served on the Florida Arts Counsel and has appeared as a guest speaker for them. She has participated on the Visual Arts Center of Panama City Board of Directors and served as Exhibition Chairman for five years.

She has judged and juried numerous select art shows in Florida. While her work focuses on jewelry, painting and sculpture, she has a diverse background in the crafts and art history. She has taught art history and the crafts including metalsmithing on the college level for sixteen years. She is a participating member of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths.

Pat’s studio is located at The Pink Dog Creative Dog Creative, 342 – 348 Depot Street | Asheville, NC 28801

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