Charles Pinckney Designs
“I make jewelry and small sculpture from metal, stones, bone and wood that I arrange and rearrange into a composition until the piece feels balanced and exciting to me. My favorite metals include titanium, sterling, gold, copper, bronze and steel. My work is entirely made by me.
The imagery I depict is abstractly related to memories of childhood and I think about patterns generated as lives intertwine, the ebb and flow of emotional and personal connections over time. I work in series and develop related pieces from previous designs.
Common features of my work include moving parts, articulated joints, the combination of precious and non-precious metals and found objects and the use of designs that have a gesture quality rather than being highly symmetrical.
I am primarily self-taught as an artist, beginning around the age of nine when I made tools that enabled me to carve wood and bone. My mentors in metal include Eleanor Caldwell, Chuck Evans and Bob Ebendorf; everything else I have figured out for myself.
I have received two grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts, a grant from Tula Foundation Gallery, was filmed working in my studio by HGTV and was showcased as an artist in Southern Living and Ornament Magazines. I teach, give lectures and show my work at juried fine arts festivals and exhibitions around the country.”
-Charles Pinckney, Charles Pinckney Designs