Ivan L. Schuster
Although my formal university training was in archeology, anthropology & folklore, my calling was always jewelry making. I grew up in a family w/ great appreciation for art & my father was always a jewelry designer.
I studied w/ masters in San Miguel, including Enrique Lopez (who taught for many years at the Instituto Allende) and Peter Hechtman who was a master of enameled jewelry.
In the U.S., I studied w/ Harold O' Connor, world renowned in the art of creative surface textures on jewelry. In total, I have been a creative silver & goldsmith for over 25 years.
Some of the techniques I use include hammering, repousse, roller mill texturing,
torch texturing, reticulation, granulation, enameling, punch stamping, fusing gold over silver and riveting.
In the beginning much of my jewelry was inspired by the art nouveau and arts & crafts movements as well as the aesthetics of Asian art.
"I try to incorporate structural ideas of famous architects and designers such as Charles Rennie MacIntosh, Josef Hofmann, Luis Barragan, Ricardo Legoretto and Alexander Calder.
Currently, I am working on a series of pieces inspired by the creation of the universe (pictured below). My designs are based on The Big Bang Theory, black holes and other stellar events.
I always try to push the silver and gold to see how far they will let me go.
My greatest honor has been commissions for making jewelry for weddings, special events and remembrances.
I hope my jewelry has touched the hearts of those who wear it, as the pieces have touched mine!"