Rose Marie Christison 2012
Naja Featured Artist Interview:
Rose Marie Christison Interview
Naja Art Gallery 2012
The Naja Tool & Supply, Inc. is pleased to be presenting local jewelry artist and teacher, Rose Marie Christison.
If you make jewelry and live in Colorado you probably know Rose Marie Christison. If you don’t – you are missing out on a delightfully creative woman. Rose Marie makes lovely pieces and is known for her talent in channel inlaying. She is also a metal arts teacher and when she isn’t teaching out of her home studio you may find her in Lamar, CO or at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. Be assured that wherever you’d find Rose Marie you’d find fun.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
After my son’s senior jewelry project was shown at the Denver Art Museum in 1974, and I moved to Aurora, and had the opportunity to attend Adult Ed Classes – I was hooked! And that was 42 years ago!
Why did you pick metal arts as your main form of artistic expression?
I picked metal arts because I loved the smell of metal and how it can be shaped. I am also a jewelry “Hog” (her words not ours!) and knew I could make my own!
Which came first – the teacher or the artist?
Artist came first – after taking silversmith classes of some sort for 17 years, I was asked to teach some classes at Aurora Public Schools Continuing Ed – which lasted for 15 years – two nights a week. The Program ended at the same time I retired (after 31 years!) from Chrysler Corp. eleven years ago. I just took the students and formed my own Teaching School. In my former life I taught third grade in 1948 and 1949. But that is another story ...
What will you be making in the upcoming year?
It depends on what stones I cut, find or buy. The stones – polished cabs and rough – will guide my juices for designs: pins, pendants, bracelets, buckles, etc. At the moment I’m busy working on a channel bracelet with Madigaspar Jaspers, Sugilite, and Lapidalite. I am also working with some native copper that has some Chrysocolla inside.
Who have you been the most influenced by?
Harold O’Connor, Michael Boyd, Travis Ogden, Darlene Armstrong, Phil Poirier, Roger Rydberg and Roger Wilbur.