Celest Michelotti

Following two weeks as NASA’s guest at Kennedy Space enter, my mind was full of the exciting possibilities of our future in space… the inspiration for my “Echoes from the Future Series”, an award winner that began my metals career.
The arts have always been the center of my life. As a child and young adult, classical piano captured my time and attention. My transition to the visual arts began during post-graduate studies, when I treated myself to three ”intro” classes—drawing, printmaking, and jewelry ,”—that fell into the ”I –always wanted –to-try-this–but–never–had–the–time-before-“ category. I later studied watercolor with Frank Webb.

In recent years, metals drew me back. Metals are in my genes.—Grandpa was a blacksmith who also innovated and fabricated industrial equipment, Dad was a specialty welder, an uncle made ornamental wrought iron, and my Brother has worked with metals as an engineer. The few pieces I made in that intro class never fail to win compliments when I wear them! I like to create “jewels”, beautiful pieces that are exciting and distinctive wearable art. The process begins with a search for the perfect blending of precious metals, gemstones, and pearls, and is ended with the reward of finding that special combination that makes the jewel “come alive” !

See a finish that sparkles like the Milky Way in the night sky, a luminous surface that’s my “trade secret”…in bright light the flat, bright surfaces seem to catch the light., for a romantic candlelight dinner the textured areas glow and sparkle! The dynamic, ever-changing reflections draw in both the wearer and viewer. I create the complex , compelling play of light by hand engraving, sandblasting, hammering, and polishing. I am a one-person studio. The heart logo that appears on the back of all my works is two hearts, intertwined as one…sending love and happiness into your life.