Addy Thornton

My metal smithing interests began in the mid-1970s when in England I was part of a family run antique shop. When I returned to Canada I took metal smithing courses at Vancouver Vocational Institute and design courses at Emily Carr School of Art. Over the years I have built my repertoire, and this past trajectory of a prolonged move to Port Townsend swayed me into exploring fabric techniques incorporated into metal. Crocheting, kitting and wire/fabric weaving, allowed me to work in a more portable fashion, I am now at home here in Port Townsend, and am anticipating expanding my artistic experience, while fully expiring 3D work.
My love affair with jewelry has never really diminished as new techniques are always a way of reinvigorating my work. I love fabrication and metal forming and I have a particular fascination for adding semi-precious gems to my work. I research each stone to learn of the particular energy and vibration it imparts.
Lately I have been most enamored by totem animals and after finishing a few rattles with animal paintings on them animals have been finding their way into my most recent work. Colour is also a factor and metalsmithing has such luscious ways of producing colour. I love to work with anodizing niobium, patination and polymer clay. I am also looking forward to more kinetic jewelry as design, movement form and colour are all equally as important to me as the contextual impact of the piece.
My work has been featured in Metalsmith magazine. And I have displayed mostly in Seattle while being a member of the Seattle jewelers’ guild. I am excited about being able to display my work here in this wonderful part of the world!