Emily Galvin (emma gray) started with a few beads, a spool of craft wire, and a book on wire wrapping. Ten years later, her portfolio has expanded to include stitched bead work, polymer clay bead making, sewn pieces, metal forming and hundreds of pieces of custom designed jewelry. Her designs have appeared in the North Carolina Museum of Art and featured in fashionSPARK, the largest annual fashion event and runway show in Raleigh.
Recent projects have involved reworking vintage costume jewelry components into updated, wearable pieces. A sample of sold work appears below.
On weekends, Emily teaches wire-wrapped jewelry classes at Blue Diamond Gemstone Panning in Cary, NC. All materials are provided and everyone leaves with a unique piece of jewelry.
Jewelry is a very intimate object. For centuries, we have worn it to express our individual personalities, honor our religions, and display wealth and power. It rests against the skin, lies over the heart. When we take it off, we nestle it safely away in a velvet-lined treasure box.
Each piece takes on a life of its own. I begin with an inspiration--a stone, a shell, a strand of beads, an old costume piece, or a shape in nature or architecture. Sometimes just a color, or a technique I want to try. From this inspiration, I begin working, and allow the design to evolve and change as the piece becomes whole. This organic process allows me to take on unexpected design challenges and develop new skills and techniques to create jewelry as unique as the individuals who will eventually wear it.
Below you'll find a sample of sold pieces. The piece below, "Tooth and Nail," was selected for a two week display at the North Carolina Museum of Art before selling at the museum's annual Art of the Auction fundraiser to benefit the Museum Foundation. Let it and my other past works inspire an original jewelry creation of your own. Send your detailed custom jewelry requests to me from the Contact page.
Bicycle and Rickshaw Earrings
Custom jewelry request: Bicycle earrings. I had no idea how I would accomplish this, but the answer was yes.
The finished product is a sterling silver bicycle complete with curved handlebars, a heart-shaped seat, and spoked wheels (fine gauge beading wire) that spin on a Swarovski crystal wheel bearing and turn with the handlebars. Since my client is a rickshaw driver, the second earring became a rickshaw cart on its own set of wheels, with a Swarovski carriage pull. Small freshwater pearls accent the top.
Sterling Silver Earrings with Abalone
Custom order: A client brought me the abalone beads and asked me to make earrings for a Christmas gift for one very hip grandma. Abalone with freshwater pearls on sterling silver with hammered metalwork detail. Approximately 1.5 inches.
Moonstone and Garnet Choker
Three strand choker style necklace featuring round moonstone beads from white to gray to lavender. Garnet chips with a deep purple hue make up the sides, tapering into two sterling silver cones. Closure is satin ribbon with sterling silver hook and eye clasp.