Ann Fay Rushforth 

After years as a painter and sculptor, I was introduced to metal fabrication and art jewelry in West Palm Beach,FL. After much study under some fabulous teachers and mentors, I find myself able to create rather than turn my design ideas over to other makers. My family always revered and collected objects and jewelry created by skilled artisans, so I certainly had a high standard of production set in my head from childhood, yet my experience as a metal maker is eight years and growing. As I continue to work, I find myself most interested in making functional work in metal. I have noted masterful pieces share certain qualities no matter the century or style or media the work represents, so I am in a search phase pushing me to design work with those unique qualities: yet I am keenly aware that I must design work with a contemporary signature. My mother's family come from the coast of the Sea of Azov, north of the Black Sea, and a major trade route of the Vikings  and source of cultural interchange. This heritage together with the fact that my childhood years were usually spent in Europe and the Orient have a bearing on the way I see and what I seek, and above all what I make.

 

Ann Fay has a MFA degree from the Visual Arts College, Antioch University. She lives and works in Palm Harbor and is an active member of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths.

Ann Fay Rushforth
Ann Fay Rushforth

Cuff Bracelet- NuGold (red brass) set with an emerald Swarovski crystal.

Ann Fay Rushforth
Ann Fay Rushforth

Shell Ring-Fine Silver set with peach color Cubic Zirconia

Ann Fay Rushforth
Ann Fay Rushforth

Necklace of Tennessee Unakite with pink orthoclase set in sterling silver and silver plate.