Jewelry artist Britt Anderson began his “nine-year odyssey” of artistic and technical training in the summer of 1982. During this time he mastered the process of anticlastic raising, a metalsmithing technique he uses to push the elastic properties of precious metals to their limits, transforming them from flat sheets into hollow, sculptural forms for the body.
How did you get started as an artist?
I was working for my father in our family’s retail jewelry store in southern Illinois. Our jeweler left to work elsewhere. I saw a need and began what would become years of goldsmithing study across the U.S. I didn’t have much talent initially, but I had tenacious determination. Tenacity wins!
Who or what has influenced your art most?
My mentor, master goldsmith Werner Theobald, and Michael Good who taught me the technique that is my focus. Both men were critical in my process of developing as a goldsmith.
What do you do when you need inspiration?
My daily walk to work takes me by beautiful old brownstones that have some incredible architectural details. Each day reveals a new and previously unseen visual gift. Museums are always fabulous for inspiration. Hiking allows my mind to let go of life’s daily details and allows me to enjoy nature’s incredible visuals.
Describe a breakthrough moment:
A design that has been on the drawing board for years finds its voice, or rather I discover it. That which exists on paper can be very elusive in metal!
What do you love about what you do?
Connecting with people through my work. I get to participate in an expression of love for oneself or for a significant other. It’s wonderful knowing that my work is part of that very loving and personal expression!