After completing his BFA in ceramics and sculpture at Northern Kentucky University, Ray Bridewell took pottery pieces left from his classes to Newport’s Arts and Music Festival. When much of his work sold at the festival, Ray realized that he could make a living with his art.
Ray began by making ikebana bowls, vases, and other pottery. He later began making jewelry from what he refers to as “jewel stones” -- pieces of crystalline glaze pottery. Crystals “grow” on the surface of pottery in the kiln at 2,300 degrees and resemble flower petals and snowflakes.
Amy designs and constructs one of a kind jewelry using fine silver and these crystals. Each pottery “stone” is cut and faceted for a unique composition. Amy explores themes related to growth in nature and properties associated with living organism. Together Ray and Amy integrate art and science as they create wearable art inspired by nature. Ray is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.
Ray and Amy’s work can be found at the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center and also at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea.