In his own corner of New Mexico, jeweler Michael Tatom has had an impressive 35 year career creating jewelry. He largely concentrated on gold designs with diamonds and other precious stones, but has recently allowed his bronze sculpture designs to influence his work.
In his own words, “about 25 years ago I was mainly a jeweler, doing all the typical jewelry for a retail store. But on the side I was carving stone in my brother’s studio, doing smooth animal forms with facet lines for the muscle definition. Eventually, I started doing them in bronze and many years later at the urging of my wife I applied that style to a jewelry line and launched the ‘Of beasts and beauty’ store.”
Now Michael has produced a plethora of wonderful and stylized representations of forest creatures that gracefully and delicately wrap around your fingers and wrists. His design process involves wax carvings or hard oil clay carvings that he sculpts out before casting them.
With every piece he attempts to create something that is beautiful from any angle, has a sense of grace and movement about it, and has every arc lead into another arc. He often goes by feel, which results in the stylized and individual uniqueness that each piece conveys.