The work I create is inspired by the intrinsic forms, textures, and colours found in my Nova Scotia coastal environment. The coastland is my palette, allowing me to envision it’s organic toppings adorning one’s neck, ears, finger, or wrist, by creating wearable art from a gathering of nature’s found gems. Inherent too, in my designs, are elements echoing Inuit culture. The results are uniquely organic and one-of-a-kind, reflecting the interconnection between land and sea.
Working in sterling silver, gold, and other diverse metals, my hand-forging creates uniquely grained surface textures, often adorned with enamel and casted metal embellishments. The oxidation process, the final step, warms the fine metals’ tones, enhancing the hammers’ hallmarks. Every creation that leaves my studio, embodies a narrative all its own.
“The sculptural and organic quality of each piece gives a true sense of the hands of the maker. The unique and sometimes hidden details of each piece are a lovely surprise and certainly contribute to a signature style.”
Jeffrey Cowling, First Vice President, Craft Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS
“I came across Clare Bridge’s work at the Directions Show in Bar Harbor, Maine and was impressed by the boldness of the designs and the variety of textures. I also admire the inherent abstract quality of the work.”
Carl Little, contributing writer, Ornament magazine
Craft Nova Scotia
2018 – Revolution, Mary E, Black Gallery, Halifax, NS
2014 - Peacework, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, NS – Jurors’ Choice Award
2012 - Titanica, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, NS – Jurors’ Choice Award
2011 - Inspired, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, NS
Ornament magazine, Winter issue 2003 – 2004
Maine Home + Design magazine, April 2009 issue
Arabella, digital magazine: Canadian Art, Architecture & Design – December 2020 issue