Jewelry Artist: Deb Steele

Deb Steele Jewelry Artist
I feel privileged and blessed that I have the opportunity to express my creative side through the making of artisan jewelry. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted fine silver with accents of gold, pearls, gemstones, ‘family found’ beach glass and fused glass from the studio of Ann Cavanaugh.

The pursuit of using glass cabochons in jewelry making led to my discovery of PMC, precious metal clay. The fine silver clay bonds beautifully with glass as organic binders burn away at high temperatures in a kiln, resulting in pure precious metal. In clay form the silver can be carved, molded and sculpted to develop unique textures working well alongside traditional metalsmith techniques. The versatility of the medium seems unending.

I am a Certified Artisan and Teacher in Precious Metal Clay. I am a member of the PMC Guild, CMAG – Creative Metal Arts Guild in Oregon, SNAG – Society of North American Goldsmiths and Crafthaus.

[blockquote type="blockquote_quotes" align="right"]An artist’s sphere of influence is the world
– Carl von Weber
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I reside in Tualatin, Oregon and frequently visit Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast. I live with my husband, our Irish Terrier and the cat. Inspired by nature and travel my jewelry reflects a love of the world around me. There is great joy in creating jewelry for others who will take a piece of my art into their world.


Certifications and Workshops

  • • Certified artisan and teacher in Precious Metal Clay since 2006.
  • • Studied advanced techniques including mokume-gane, texture-plate making, kuem-boo, stone setting and enameling with artists Celie Fago, Hadar Jacobson and Lee Haga.

Publications

  • The Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry and More Calendar
    Holly Gage 2009 – 2013
  • Contemporary Metal Clay Rings
    Hattie Sanderson, Brynmorgen Press 2012
  • Metal Clay Practice
    Hadar Jacobson, Textures Publishing 2012
  • Metal Clay Today Magazine
    Artist’s Challenge winner 2010, 2012
  • PMC Annual Exceptional Work in Precious Metal Clay
    PMC Guild, Inc. 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011