I'm Cynthia Donaldson, metalsmith, enamelist, and extroverted hermit.
I began creating jewelry during my treatment for breast cancer over four 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 contemporary art jewelry that explore patterns 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. Adventuring into unknown outcomes results in each jewelry piece becoming a one-of-a-kind treasure.
I draw inspiration for my jewelry 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.
Every piece is designed and handcrafted by me in my studio in Carcross, Yukon, Canada.