About Todd Pownell

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About Todd Pownell

Todd is a Member of Ethical Metalsmith's, jewelers for social and environmental responsibility, who support ethical mining in sourcing their materials.

I approach the process of making jewelry with an honest respect for the innate properties of the materials. The noble metals and gemstones have strong qualities of order and structure within their internal nature. A kind of fabric that evokes in me a sense of admiration. 

I work with a focused attention for the craft, which is a visible aspect of the jewelry. My work begins with the thought and recollection that "procrastination is the thief of time" as in Night-Thoughts by Edward Young. With anticipation I enter the process of making, (which is at times chaotic, yet filled with joy and struggle too). Visually the effect is similar to the tensions of a gathering storm in the night sky and to the low angled light as it is cast across a landscape into the gazing eye.

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