Jewelry by Daniel Van Rossen
I am new to making jewelry, which is somewhat odd as I have worked in the jewelry industry for the last 35 years. Ever since my metal shop classes in junior high school I have love to work with metal but I have been kept from doing it until now. The financial collapse of 2008 fundamentally changed the jewelry industry. This change has allowed me to finally have a chance to actual get my hands on the metal and start bringing my creative ideas to life. This website showcases my evolving work, my expanding ideas, my mixing of media, and finally my own jewelry designs. I have been having a great time learning, exploring, some times failing but always moving forward to create designs that with all of my years in the industry are up to contemporary standards. I hope you will enjoy exploring my website and enjoy my newest designs displayed here.
Currently I am working in three directions that compliment each other. They are hollow forming, glass enameling and etching. With hollow form I explore the world of shapes. I have found inspiration for these shapes from nature, wondering the art museum and the everyday world. I distill all of the complexity of what I once saw and would photograph down to its absolute simplest element. That element or shape I make into a mold and then use a 20-ton press to squish metal into it. This reformed metal becomes the basis for my jewelry.
To see what becomes of this reformed metal check out my Jewelry Gallery page and to see my latest exploration check out my What’s New page.