George Sawyer

Minneapolis, Minnesota

“In my work I achieve a harmony between form, surface pattern, and color. The explorations of the graphic and painterly qualities of color-patterned metal, and the technical challenges of producing sculptural objects from this material, continues to fascinate me.

My first years in jewelry were spent as a custom jewelry designer. I spent most of my time designing and building one-of-a-kind pieces for individuals, but my personal interest was in Japanese metalwork, especially the art of the sword. Thirty years ago, ancient Japanese swordmaking techniques were unknown in the United States. It was then that I began to develop my own techniques to produce my signature patterned metalwork.

Today, while I use conventional metalworking techniques to produce many objects, patterned metalwork still holds my interest. I’m interested in using color and pattern in a more abstract, painterly way to create a form of art jewelry that rewards the observer with new discoveries and more pleasure the longer and the closer they look.”