I often design the majority of my jewelry with a general creation in mind. However, as I am creating a piece, my surroundings, the metals and stones with which I am working, influence me to the end result. If designing for an individual, then this also will play a role in the creation that takes place. This same concept is used in the carving of my wax design, as they just seem to flow from the wax, I see something in my mind and cut every thing else away. I work with all types of stones, be it a natural specimen, faceted stones, or the variety of cabochons.
For the past thirty years I have been primarily designing commissioned pieces and custom work for individuals and, of course, a great deal of repair work, especially as a silversmith. There seems to be a lot of jewelers where I used to live that could "sell" silver jewelry but not silversmiths who could repair the jewelry once it was sold! Also, over the years I have performed restorations on antique flatware and jewelry for many antique dealers throughout Ohio.
Featured on the television program, Cleveland PM Magazine, for designer jewelry. Articles appeared in the North Coast Magazine, Crane's Business Magazine, and local Akron papers. In the past five years, I participated as a judge in three dimensional art and jewelry at the Hardesty Park Art show in Akron, Ohio. I have taken numerous GIA courses over the years in order to increase my knowledge in the jewelry trade.
© 2002 Walt Rush