I have been designing and making my own jewelry since 1998. I am an entirely self-taught jeweler. My background was mostly scholarly. I taught and published on Critical Thinking for more than 20 years as a PhD Professor of French Literature.
For years, I worked mostly on big silver sculptural one-of-a-kind pieces, using precious stones, shells, fossils and drusies.
Later on I decided to turn to a less traveled area of jewelry making. After years of trials and errors with various brands of new high tech epoxies and bakelite, I finally created a line of silver jewelry inlaid with a bright and colorful “Gem Resin”. ( see www.seanhilldesigns.com )
In the past three years, I added gold to my collection and started separate lines in 18K gold and diamonds. All of my gold pieces are hand fabricated. I do not use any lost wax or any casting techniques. Every piece is unique.
I would describe my personal style, as “neo classical”. I love abstraction and complexity but when it comes to designs, I lean towards a more subdued expression, looking for character, movement and classical beauty.
Art pieces in jewelry must remain timeless adornments to complement and enhance the body; they cannot be full of themselves or so arcane that they become disconnected from their true purpose.