Fiona Edwards, a senior, is a very accomplished metals student at Nauset. She has been taking metals classes for three years and is now an independent study. Today we sat down with her to talk about her time with the Nauset Metals department, the pieces she has created, and the piece she is currently working on.
Fiona with her piece titled Hypnotic octopus
- What metal classes have you taken?
- I have taken Art metal 1, Jewelry 1 and Jewelry 2.
- When did you take your first metal class?
- The first half of my sophomore year I took my first metal class, when I took art metal 1. I had previously worked with clay but working with metal soon became my favorite medium. I was excited to learn about a new way of creating art and soon knew that I wanted to continue taking metals classes at Nauset.
- What is your favorite medium to work with in art metal?
- My favorite mediums are copper and sterling silver but I use copper more often because it is very malleable and I love the color and tones it gives to a piece.
- As you are a senior, do you plan on continuing to work with metal?
- I am going to University of Rhode Island where I will pursue a Biology major but I plan on continuing to create pieces because I had such a wonderful experience learning in this class.
- Tell me about some of your favorite pieces that you have completed.
- So far, my favorite piece is my dragon ring which is a lost wax casted sterling silver ring with an emerald set into it. I learned how to create this ring in my Jewelry 2 class last year, where I began working on it. I then continued to work on it as an independent study and completed it in November. I entered this piece into the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Competition and it received an honorable mention.
- The second piece that I completed this year was my octopus pendant. I created it through a process called chasing repoussé and finished it by setting it with opal cabochons for eyes. I enjoyed making this piece because I was able to learn a new way to form metal. My octopus also got an honorable mention in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Competition.
- What are you working on right now?
- Right now I am working on creating a dragon sculpture. So far I am in the process of finishing the head. The entire piece is going to be be made primarily out of copper and right now I am trying to create a tongue made out of brass, so that when the jaw swings the tongue will lift up and be seen. Before I went to metal, I started planning how the dragon would look by first creating a 3-D design out of paper which I modified and made a second paper dragon, which I am now using as a reference as I create the dragon out of metal.
- Why do you like to make dragons?
- I grew up reading countless fantasy books including the entire Chronicles of Narnia series before fifth grade. I like making dragons because when you think of the fantasy genre, dragons are one of the first things that come to mind. Also dragons and their anatomy are very interesting to design and create.
- Do you have any advice for people who are considering taking metals courses?
- I would recommend metals classes to anyone who is interested in learning about a new way to create art. One of the most important things to remember when taking this class is to retain the processes taught because you will use them in later classes.
Fiona at Work
Some of Fiona’s Pieces