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Born 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts. As a child, I drew, painted and made model airplanes. As a teenager, I explored my fascination with the universe by means of my telescope, microscope and chemistry lab. But when I learned that these fields involved mathematics, I became less interested in science and continued my explorations in the arts.

In the early 1960’s, I studied art in Boston at Boston University Liberal Arts College and at the Vesper George School of Art.

I spent a lot of time experimenting with various media in two and three dimensional forms: drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture before finally settling on jewelry design as a form of sculpture.

Primarily self-taught, I have studied with Cuban sculptor Ernesto Gonzalez in Key West, Florida; and Hank Kaminski, formerly of New York, now of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Other influences have included Alexander Calder, Karl Tasha, and Wolfgang Richter.

Currently I am continuing to evolve as an artist, always developing new designs in jewelry and sculpture.

My work can be seen at a number of fine galleries and giftshops, and at art festivals all over the country. Over the years I have won numerous awards for my art.

MICHAEL SCHWADE

BIOGRAPHY & PROCESS INFORMATION

Utilizing an oxy-acetelyne torch, I weld silicon-bronze

to sheet copper shapes in a thin but textured layer. Copper
strips are formed around glass cabochons to make bezel
settings. Often contrasting metal wire forma and balls are
fused with, or embedded into the thin bronze or nickelsilver
layer.

Pieces are finished by hand buffing to a bright, satin

luster. Often, chemicals or heat is used to patinate the
surface, and raised surfaces are selectively polished to
show the contrast between areas. Finally, all pieces are
signed by myself and lacquered with 3 coats to preserve the
finish.

PROCESS

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& PROCESS

PURCHASE
& CONTACT

SHOPS &
SHOWS

HOME

New Work

EARRINGS & BROOCHES
NECKLACES
BRACELETS & PENDANTS

SCULPTURE

Archive

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