Todd Pownell


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"My exploration in the process of jewelry making is with a deep respect for the innate properties of the material. The noble metals and gemstones display strong qualities of order and structure within their internal network. I work with a focused attention for the craft, which is a visible dialogue within the jewelry. I like to think of my designs as evolving from an emotional state to an aesthetic experience and back again." - Todd Pownell

Romanticism is a powerful influence. The interaction of dark and light metals mixed with fine gold and diamonds combine to evoke a strong sense of mystery and a sublime nature. The diamonds are bead set upside-down onto the surface in pavé or scattered across the piece. This reverse setting effectively captures and reflects light in a succession of broad flashes from the oblique angles creating a feeling of twilight. Visually, the effect is similar to the display of a gathering storm in the night sky. Or one can be reminded of the low angled light as it is cast across the vista into the gazing eye. In 2008, Todd focused on developing his design jewelry line: “TAP by Todd Pownell,” that has since grown from a two to a four person workshop. It is sold in stores and galleries throughout the country. Todd has taught and given numerous lectures and workshops focusing on topics including stone setting, fabrication, and sharing insights into building a viable studio. He is a Graduate Gemologist whose work has been featured in publications including the Lark Books series. In 2013, was named recipient of Cleveland’s Seth Rosenberg prize and was honored with the Mort Abelson Best New Designer of the Year Award in 2014. Todd is also a member of Ethical Metalsmiths and the Diamond Development Initiative.