“Art never can reach the sublime. Art can only be the trace of the absence of the sublime that is nowhere to be seen. Therefore art cannot be an artifice. True art is unencumbered by itself or by its own expression.” —Sean Hill
I have been designing and making my own jewelry since 1998. I am an entirely self-taught jeweler. My background was mostly scholarly. I taught and published on Critical Thinking for more than 20 years as a PhD Professor of French Literature.
For years, I worked mostly on big silver sculptural one-of-a-kind pieces, using precious stones, shells, fossils and drusy. I decided later to turn to a less traveled area of jewelry making. After years of trials and errors with various brands of new high tech Epoxies and Bakelite, I finally created a line of silver jewelry inlaid with a bright and colorful Gem Grade resin.
In the past three years, I have added gold to my collection and started a separate line in 18K and precious stones. See www.seanhillgold.com. All of my gold pieces are hand fabricated. I do not use any lost wax or casting techniques.
I would describe my personal style as “classical”. I love abstraction and complexity but when it comes to designs, I lean towards a more subdued expression, looking mostly for character, movement and classical beauty.
Art pieces in jewelry must remain timeless beautiful adornments that complement and enhance the body; they cannot be full of themselves or so arcane that they become disconnected from their true purpose.