I'm Cynthia Donaldson, metalsmith, enamelist, and extroverted hermit.
The path to jewelry making began during my treatment for breast cancer many years ago. It started as a sanctuary for my soul during a very challenging time, and it brought unexpected healing and joy into my life.
I design and handcraft collections of art jewelry that explore patterns, colour, and texture. Working with traditional metalsmithing and enameling techniques, I utilize a torch and kiln to enamel glass grains to copper and sterling silver forms. Enameling is unpredictable at best, and outcomes vary significantly from element to element. The process of enameling results in each jewelry piece becoming a one-of-a-kind treasure.
My jewelry's inspiration comes from various things, including the mountains surrounding my home, pottery, and artifacts left behind in abandoned cabins. I strive to interpret both the rugged and gentle beauty of the Yukon into my designs in an organic way that tells the story of this tremendous untamed land.
Each unique piece is designed and handcrafted by me in my studio in Carcross, Yukon, Canada.