Brinton, Joseph - Jewelry
Joe earned a B.F.A in ceramics at Alfred University in upstate New York in 1982. After returning to Oregon, his interest in clay sculpture evolved into a passion for jewelry. After a few years as a designer for another company he successfully set out to sell his own work at arts festivals in the Northwest. Over time the business expanded into wholesale with the help of Marie Bliven, Joe's wife and creative collaborator.
Sterling silver filled or 14 Kt. rolled gold is used for the hypo-allergenic ear wires. The original jewelry components are made from etched brass, nickel-silver, copper and aluminum. A variety of unique surface treatments are used including baked-on organic enamels, oxidation and hammering. Every piece is treated with an invisible tarnish resistant protective coating.