Member Since: Oct 2016
Audrey Fontaine has been a multi-media artist since she was eight years old, and in 1983 received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Studio Art with a Ceramic Specialization from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT. In 1989 she was awarded a two-year Fellowship from Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina, providing her with the opportunity to study under dozens of internationally renowned instructors.
She has experimented with about 25 different craft media including gourds, clay, jewelry and metalworking, wood, fiber, leather, polymer, precious metal clay, mixed-media sculpture and driftwood art. Her current focus is on jewelry design and gourd art. Hew jewelry incorporates lampworked glass, natural stone and crystal beads with pure sterling silver or 14 Karat gold plated earwires, clasps and chains. Natural elements and found objects often make their way into her gourd art, which tends to be earthy by design. Each piece is one of a kind, and the creativity flows through her hands from a deeper source. Detailed patterns adorn her vessels, whereas her abstract non-functional forms allow the viewer to develop their own interpretation. She has received multiple awards, been represented by galleries nationwide for over 30 years, and has taught a variety of crafts to both adults and children. She relocated from Connecticut to California in 2003, and is finding much creative inspiration here.
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