Sarah EK Muse is a jeweler, designer, metalsmith in Roanoke, VA specializing in
Hand Hammered Copper In-Relief Architectural Tiles, Vessels & Sculpture;
One-of-a-Kind, Custom Design & Limited Edition Jewelry.
Sarah integrates compositions from natural and social elements into her designs. The images emerge from the metal through line, form, repeating elements, texture and color, implementing a meditative, rhythmic approach. Using the hand-hammering processes of forging, chasing, sinking, raising, repouse’, shell-forming; hand-building, soldering and the lost wax casting process she explores how recognizable elements can evolve into an abstracted and/or streamlined finished piece.
By applying the flame of the torch, chemical solutions and/or pigments on her copper pieces, she intensifies the depth of color, then she hand rubs each piece with sandpaper and steel wool to pull highlights from the piece and seals them with an acrylic enamel. Texture and a series of polishings interplay with reflective qualities on her jewelry pieces to achieve an un-earthen yet elegant finish.