Patty Graves

graves,patty-cmyk3I have been a working artist since the mid 1970’s. After high school I became involved in our family business – a contemporary craft shop with a working jewelry studio. Although I took several design classes at a local community college, most of my skills were learned from my Father and Mother (who are both artists) at the shop. I have used a variety of materials over the years and my work has included not only jewelry but several small bronzes and a series of small sculptures using exotic hardwoods.
In my 30 plus years as an artist I have participated in over 95 shows. These events include everything from invitational exhibitions with only 5 artists, up to Festivals with hundreds of participants. I have acted as a juror for several of these shows and been an award winner in others. My work has been represented in 3 local galleries during these years.
My jewelry is one of a kind and usually combines sterling silver and 14kt gold with a variety of precious and semi precious stones. I not only design and make all my own waxes, I invest, burn out, cast and finish all my pieces.
I prefer not  to use specific terms to describe the style of my work. My life has been touched by the art and people of many cultures and I believe all of these experiences have influenced me and brought my work to its current level. I consider my pieces to have a sculptural nature. I strive to create in my jewelry balance, both visually and physically without using traditional symmetry.
Collectors often say they are drawn to the “movement” in my pieces and I consider that a most complimentary description of their essence.