Creating and working with my hands has been a life long passion.
This passion evolved from drawing and sculpting in my early childhood into an intense desire to become a “goldsmith” in my later teenage years. Nurtured in that quest by my painter mother and engineer father, I embarked on a three year goldsmith apprenticeship in 1983 under a Master jeweler near Frankfurt, Germany, learning traditional goldsmith techniques of fabrication. Convincing precious metal to conform to my wishes by hammering, forging, sawing and soldering and the precision and patience needed to do it well, appealed to me instantly.
My studies brought me to the United States where I added lost wax carving, casting and stone setting to the repertoire of techniques by taking classes and learning by working for a custom jeweler, in the city of Orange, CA for 14 years. In 1999, I started my own business, creating and selling my work at juried, fine art festivals throughout the country.
My jewelry boldly combines high karat gold interwoven with the rich colors of fine gemstones and the muted hues of rare pearls. I strive to create a sculptural feel for my jewelry. How the pieces visually flow from all angles is important.
Inspired by the shape and brilliance of a gemstone or the glow of a stunning pearl my process starts sometimes with sketches, most often by using gold, silver or brass sheet, tubing and wires. Being very visual, I love to get right into it. Working with metals and shaping them, helps me clarify my thoughts and design ideas.
For more information about Dorothee please visit her website at www.dorotheenaumburg.com.