Welcome to Marne Ryan Designs
Since 1976 I have been exploring, developing and teaching the process of making textures through heat. Patterns are created by fusing thin layers of silver, high karat gold, and platinum together in sheets to form fabrics of metal. This material is then made into hollowware, vessels and jewelry. In recent years my interests have expanded to include hollow-formed vessels made from copper and silver. I am very interested in creating larger pieces so people are better able to see the textures that I've been exploring through the use of different tools.Many of my pieces are used to mark rights of passage i.e., marriage, birth-death, graduation and personal transitions. The piece of jewelry or vessel becomes part of the ritual in one's life. This level of intimacy is the ultimate goal of my work.