Debra Evans-Paige creates porcelain jewelry in her historic, stone home-studio in rural Le Sueur, Minnesota. She received a BS in Art Education from Southwest Minnesota State University with emphasis in ceramics and jewelry/metalsmithing. Evans-Paige’s jewelry is composed of elements she handbuilds from porcelain. Her work is characterized by a sensitive and refined use of color, organic forms, and intricate textures inspired by nature. She is intrigued by the repetition of patterns of growth and textures that abound on the micro and macro levels. She is a three-time recipient of McKnight Artist Grants. Evans-Paige’s work is published in several books, including Lark Books’ 500 series: Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry and 1000 Beads.
My areas of focus as a visual artist are hand-building with ceramic clay and creating jewelry. My neckpieces are composed of elements I create from porcelain. They are characterized by organic forms and intricate textures inspired by nature, particularly coral, shells, and pods. I am intrigued by the repetition of patterns of growth and texture that abound on the micro and macro levels in the natural world.
The pinch technique that I use is a tranquil and meditative process. The spirit of the form evolves as I work intuitively. When the form is complete, I often elaborately texture and pattern the clay surface. The color of the nature-inspired components is an inherent part of the porcelain with the colorants integrated into the clay body. By using a variety of firing methods, oxidation, reduction, and soda, the surface of the clay is further enhanced. Similar to nature, the construction of my jewelry involves repetition as I combine individual elements and integrate them into a more complex whole.
My desire is for these vehicles of communication to become a vital and integral part of one’s daily life as the jewelry pieces are intimately worn on the body. My jewelry serves as a portable means of artistic expression carried into public view by its wearing. It is also my intention to cause viewers to pause and contemplate the beauty of the natural world.