Sarah J.G. Wauzynski’s jewelry is a combination of metal fabrication, stone setting, and egg tempera painting—a technique popular with painters during the 15th century. Many semi-transparent layers of paint are built up to create a rich and colorful surface reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts. Portraits of plants, vegetables, flowers, and animals abound in Sarah’s work. As a special secret for the wearer, she will often inscribe a rhyme on the back of a piece.
“I am intrigued by the juxtaposition between the physical world of metal and the illusory world of paint.“
Based in Yakima, Washington, Sarah earned her MFA at Central Washington University in 1987, studying under Ken Cory. Her work has been exhibited across Washington State.
Hand painted necklace in sterling silver, egg tempera on gesso, spessartite garnet, peridot, carnelian and citrine. 20" long.
Brooch in sterling silver, egg tempera on gesso, pearls, and hematite. 1 1/2 x 1 1/2"
Brooch in sterling silver, egg tempera on gesso, 14k gold, and diamond. 2 1/2 x 1 5/8 x 1/4".
Exhibit: Something Wild This Way Comes
Western Tanager - Casual Manager
Brooch in sterling silver, egg tempera on gesso, 18k gold and almandine garnet.
Exhibit: Signs of Life 2008
Locket Animalia - A Shaker Abecedarius 1882
Locket in sterling silver, egg tempera on gesso, 22k gold leaf, pearls, opal, 18k gold, garnet stone, paper and silk ribbon. Lock measures approx 1 1/2 x 2 3/4". Chain approx 24" long.
Exhibit: Women Working Words