CG Sculpture and Jewelry

new work

Now at Imprint Gallery - Inspiration from the Beach

shows, inspirations, new workCatherine GrisezComment

We don't need much of an excuse to visit Cannon Beach, it's beautiful! Luckily, you can also see my sculpture in this fantastic Oregon coastal town. Imprint, a new gallery and print studio there has a selection of music boxes and special one of a kind sculptures.

  Bowl No. Twenty  - sterling silver and brass, 6" x 12" x 11"

Bowl No. Twenty - sterling silver and brass, 6" x 12" x 11"

If you are familiar with my work, you know I'm often inspired by nature and the oddities found while walking on the beach or hiking in the mountains. So it's pertinent that this piece found it's way to the coast... It was inspired by the egg case of a skate/shark (otherwise known as a mermaid's purse or devil's purse), something I found while walking on the beach.

CG-Grisez_Bowl Number 20-silver and brass.JPG

These little pouches are fascinating with their tendrils and deep black color. Interestingly, the sharp tendrils exist to secure the egg cases in rocks and protect them from predators. Most egg cases that wash up on shore are empty because the creature has already hatched and is (hopefully!) swimming happily in the sea. In contrast to the black empty pod, I chose to make the interior of this piece bright white silver, a reflection of the life within and the points to represent our instincts to hold on.

A few other pieces you'll find at Imprint...

  Manifest One  - copper vessel, 5.5” x 4.75” x 3.25"

Manifest One - copper vessel, 5.5” x 4.75” x 3.25"

  Indulge  - music box, steel, bronze, silver, mixed media, 5.75” x 4” x 4”

Indulge - music box, steel, bronze, silver, mixed media, 5.75” x 4” x 4”

  Reject  - music box, steel, bronze, mixed media, 6” x 4” x 4”

Reject - music box, steel, bronze, mixed media, 6” x 4” x 4”

  Reject  - open view  This piece plays the song "What the World Needs Now' when opened.

Reject - open view

This piece plays the song "What the World Needs Now' when opened.

If you have a chance to check out Cannon Beach and/or Imprint, please comment below to let me know your favorite part of the visit!

From nature to jewelry

new work, inspirations, for funCatherine GrisezComment

As many of you know I get a lot of inspiration from being in nature. Hikes in the mountains, walks on the beach, garden strolls, swimming outdoors - all lead to tons of ideas and no less than 100 close up photos of flowers, leaves, pods, and beach oddities on my phone. There is nothing like that sense of inner calm while simultaneously being energized from being outside. So when given the opportunity to design jewelry for fellow nature lovers, I'm thrilled and jump at the chance! 

A recent wedding ring set commission reminded me how lucky I am when I can combine my passions - art and nature. The fellow and I talked at length about he and his girlfriend's (now fiance!) outdoor adventures, hobbies, and design aesthetics. Fortunately for me, she posts a ton of pics from their hikes on Instagram so I was able to get a sense of her favorite imagery. I asked them to email me pics of a few of their favorite hiking excursions. Between our conversations, her instagram account and thier pictures - I was able to create a design that fit her aesthetic, lifestyle, and commemorated a few of their favorite places.

 These two photos embody the design I came up with. She's a fanatic for amazing looking mushrooms and posts the most incredible pictures of all the creatures she's come across on her hikes. The water worn rock blew their minds when they came across it on a hike near Leavenworth. 

These two photos embody the design I came up with. She's a fanatic for amazing looking mushrooms and posts the most incredible pictures of all the creatures she's come across on her hikes. The water worn rock blew their minds when they came across it on a hike near Leavenworth. 

By combining these two textures, I was able to create a design that will forever remind this happy couple of their hiking adventures together. The mushrooms serve double duty - part aesthetic and partly as prongs for setting diamonds. The water worn rock texture is a nice visual contrast to the bulbous mushrooms. I also really appreciate the symbology - the prolific essence of love and companionship that endures the test of time - a story told through nature. 

CG-grisez-wedding ring set-mushroom-rock-diamond
CG-Grisez-wedding ring set-Genavie-mushroom_water worn rock
cg-Grisez-engagement ring-water-rock-diamond-mushroom-nature
CG-Grisez-engagement ring-nature-hike-diamond-organic

All in all, it was a fun and challenging project and I couldn't be happier for the couple who owns them!

The results are in!

for fun, new workCatherine GrisezComment

Last week I posted a grid of color combinations on Facebook and Instagram and asked people to let me know their favorites. I've been wanting to make more Bitty Bowls to have available for sale on my website but knew I had to limit the selection. Although it's fun to have a bazillion choices for people in person, it'd be impossible for me to keep that many in stock (not to mention how overwhelming it'd be online). So I posted this picture in hopes of receiving feedback and understanding what colors people like best.

CG-grisez-color grid-color combo

The responses were overwhelming! There was a clear winner but many of the others followed closely behind.

CG-Grisez-bitty bowl-orange-aqua

I love this orange/aqua combination and apparently so do many other people! That contrast seems to pull out love in most.

Now to narrow down the other choices to come up with a few more color combinations. It's a harrowing task! What do you think the other 2 color choices should be?

Copper leaves for you?!

new work, opportunityCatherine GrisezComment

This Saturday is the Pratt auction and your chance to own Part You, the collaborative copper leaf sculpture we all made! Imagine an interior or exterior wall of your house covered in copper leaves, or a growth of them floating down from your ceiling, or perhaps a shelf of your bookcase converted to a forest floor diorama, or ??? The possibilities are only limited by your space and/or imagination! Comment below if you have another great display idea or location for this unique piece...

catherine_grisez-cg_Part-You