Celeste Friend Designs
Originally trained as a professional philosopher and having spent many years
teaching in universities and colleges, most recently at Hamilton
College in Clinton,NY, I spent most of my adult life dealing
with the abstractions and conceptual problems that are the bread and butter of
philosophy. But in 2004, on a lark and almost by accident, I signed up for a
metal arts course at Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute in Utica, NY.
The practicality and concreteness ofworking with metal to
shape and texture it in order to make it conform to an
image in my mind was a welcome return to the practical and material roots of my
New England ancestors. I come from a family of artists,
craftspersons, and people who are very comfortable working with their hands and
turning raw materials into functional and beautiful objects. Making jewelry
full-time feels more true and 'right' for me than being a philosopher ever did.
I am drawn to simple shapes embellished with rich textures, and like to think
that I am making jewelry that we can continue to wear for many years to come. I
am now working full-time on creating and running a jewelry business, Celeste
Friend Designs, out of my home in Utica, N.Y.