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Michel McNabb

“Unearthed Vessels” - Michel McNabb, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson

“Unearthed Vessels” - Michel McNabb, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson

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“Unearthed Vessels” - Michel McNabb, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson




oxidized sterling silver cast triangles, mild steel, sterling silver (the buttons)


2” x 1/2”

Artist Statement

Michel McNabb is a jewelry artist from Cincinnati, Ohio who now resides in South Florida where she teaches and manages the jewelry studio at the Boca Raton Museum of Art School. She combines her skills of carving wax, metal smithing and enameling to create unique jewelry and vessels.

Michel earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Denison University and moved to Spain after graduating. This is where she began creating jewelry, learning traditional metal smithing skills from local craftsmen and artisans while implementing skills from her fine arts background. She has been creating jewelry using the lost wax casting method since the year 2000.
“Jewelry has always been an obsession for me. As a young girl I could sit for hours on my mother’s bed going through her jewelry box. I began making jewelry at eight years old of multicolored telephone wires and bubble gum wrappers. As a college student I specialized in intaglio etching printmaking, where metal is etched using a fine stylus. My jewelry is made in a similar way when I carve into wax with very fine tools in order to create detail.”

Michel’s newest body of work is comprised if vitreous enamel and cast pieces. “I love the magic of combining these two techniques to create sculptural jewelry with color. I am fascinated by the hues and beauty of the glass juxtaposed with the pure metal.“
I am very inspired by museums and items found in archeological digs. I love imagining what life was like in long lost civilizations. The beauty and art that was part of their every day lives worn away by time make my imagination run wild. For this pair of earrings I have taken the original button earrings to create a bowl that is “unearthed” from an excavation. It is paired with a triangle that is carved in wax and cast. The cast piece is signed inside. The modern triangle is a smooth piece juxtaposed with the ancient excavated bowl.

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