David Freda


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David Freda
Study on Northern Black Rat Snake Necklace

1984-2000. Necklace. Fine silver, enamel


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David Freda
Study on Northern Black Rat Snake Necklace

1984-2000. Necklace. Fine silver, enamel


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    David Freda
    Study on Northern Black Rat Snake Necklace

    1984-2000. Necklace. Fine silver, enamel

    9 1/2" x 7" x 1"

    featured in Metalsmith Magazine, Fall 2003

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    David Freda
    Study on Northern Black Rat Snake Necklace

    1984-2000. Necklace. Fine silver, enamel

    9 1/2" x 7" x 1"

    featured in Metalsmith Magazine, Fall 2003

    Inquire


David Freda
Study on Northern Black Rat Snake Necklace

1984-2000. Necklace. Fine silver, enamel


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David Freda
Study on Northern Black Rat Snake Necklace

1984-2000. Necklace. Fine silver, enamel


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Renowned master enamelist David Freda creates sculptural jewelry that glows brilliantly with his expertly executed enameling skills.

“I like the challenge to take repulsive things and make them beautiful,” he said. “When someone says  “jewels” to me, I think of frogs and snakes. I want people to see what I see.” And what he wants people to see is the beauty of the natural world in action, the story of its mating, hatching, feeding, and fighting that is mostly off our radar screens.

“Technically, the piece is interesting because it is hollow core cast in a technique Freda has perfected after years of experimentation with mold making, different casting waxes, the best wax injecting technique, and the best method of pinning to stabilize the investment within the wax form. It is also enameled to perfection. Unlike many enamelists who work flat, or use color to create design, Freda always works sculpturally, using color to replicate nature and add another dimension to the work. He does not revel in decoration for its own sake, but uses it to make a point, usually one of botanical emphasis or accuracy, as when making tiny enamel eyes, correct for the species in question. Since enameled pieces are difficult to solder, he has by necessity become a master of cold connections, using tiny screws and rivets (here, to attach the snakes to the eggs), either fabricating them from scratch, or enhancing manufactured products with 24k gold heads.

“Artistically, the piece is harmoniously designed and well balanced. Freda has improved on nature, turning a writhing mass of snakelets, reminiscent of Medusa having a bad hair day, into a pleasing and intriguing neckpiece. Like many artists, he has a persistent and creative sense of play, and while he usually starts work with a finished design in mind, he will spend as long as necessary to arrange the components to his liking.”

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