Metalsmithing Exhibition in Founders Hall Gallery

Posted: November 11, 2015 at 2:13 pm, Last Updated: November 12, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Process: Carve, Pour, Pound
November 11, 2015 – December 10, 2015
Pop-up Holiday Shop, December 7, 2015 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Founders Hall Gallery
3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA

Process: Carve, Pour, Pound explores the work of local jeweler Whitney Staiger, a resident artist at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria and founder of UDOP jewelry. This exhibition features images of the artist’s process and final objects, providing insight into the different stages of creation, from manipulation of materials to the resulting piece. Staiger uses various metals such as bronze, brass, and sterling silver to produce a range of uniquely designed bangles, necklaces, earrings and custom works.

As one of her primary methods, Staiger uses the internal shell of the cuttlefish, a mollusk, to cast necklaces and rings. This cast method of shaping metal dates back to the ancient Vikings and gives the pieces a rugged texture. Staiger’s other works such as bangles, are hammered and hand-stamped and her knuckle rings are individually crafted and buffed. The artist sees jewelry as “a must-have in life.” She is fascinated by the transformation of raw metal into a detailed beautiful object through the use of industrial tools, like the blowtorch.

The artist will be on site for a pop-up shop featuring works available for purchase on Monday, December 7, 2015 from 5:30 to 8pm in the Founders Hall Gallery.

Whitney Staiger took a metalsmithing class during college, and immediately switched her major. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in jewelry and metals from Towson University and is studying to become a Graduate Gemologist with the Gemological Institute of America. Staiger works as a jewelry instructor at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington. She creates original, handcrafted jewelry in her one-person jewelry design business “UDOP”. Her studio can be found inside the Torpedo Factory (Studio 332), and is open Saturdays from 10am to 6pm.