Upon retiring from teaching elementary students, Morgan started making wire wrapped jewelry as a hobby and eventually progressed to metalsmithing and lapidary work. While she was a teacher she learned to function with a limited or nonexistent budget. As a result, she had turned “making do” as a jeweler into an art form. Her creativity led her to use such objects as silver plated trays, serving utensils and silverware from flea markets and thrift stores. Morgan’s inspiration comes not from what these objects are but what they can become to adorn the wearer. This vision extends to rocks, shells, beads and other found objects. Many of her pieces have won awards at the Amador County Fair.
To further her expertise, the artist joined the local Gem and Mineral Society and enrolled in metalsmithing courses at Folsom Lake College. She has also participated in workshops by known silversmiths Al Bolshazy and Aleris Hart. In addition to working with silver and silver plate, Morgan enjoys creating with copper as its rich, warm color lends itself to nature-inspire pieces. One not-to-be-missed item is a copper purse etched with a sunflower motif. The remarkable 5.5 x 6-inch purse is lined and is carried by a chain.
Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to meet Sandy Morgan at her reception on Saturday, June 1, from 2 to 5 p.m., and to view her upcycled jewelry and other pieces. She is one of the many local artists exhibiting at the cooperative located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street. Beyond artwork, the gallery offers a diverse array of frame styles and a large variety of mat colors for all your framing needs. Layaway is also available.
The gallery is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Copper sunflower purse|
|Silver tray hearts|
|Upcycled broken pottery and tray necklace|