Masters: Gold


Major Works by Leading Artists

featuring the jewelry of Michael David Sturlin

A Lark Jewelry Book Curated by Marthe Le Van

A Lark Jewelry Book Curated by Marthe Le Van

excerpt from the introduction to Michael’s chapter in Masters:Gold “UNCOMPLICATED, CLEANLY DESIGNED, and free of conceptual ideology, the necklaces, rings, and bracelets created by Michael David Sturlin are beautifully realized but unpretentious. By working simply with minimal tools and perfecting elemental techniques, Sturlin extends his unique aesthetic into the crafting process, so that it’s more than a design style. This streamlined approach lets him focus on his material with very little technological distraction. It also heightens his awareness of gold’s inherent properties and attributes.”



























Masters: Gold
Major Works by Leading Artists
A Lark Jewelry Book
Curated by Marthe Le Van
May 2009
330 pages





For 40 years I have been creating jewelry and adornments with precious materials. I currently devote my time and energy to teaching applied techniques in the arts of goldsmithing, jewelry making, and professional development for studio artists.

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Annette January 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Do I remember your early work being fused high karat gold with little bits & pieces of gold and granules with bezel set small faceted stones? In what publications would photos of this work be seen?


michaelsturlinstudio January 22, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Hi Annette, Thanks for your comment.
What you’re describing doesn’t sound like my work. I’ve made primarily .750 gold work with colored gemstones pearls and diamonds but I’ve not used granules or small applique elements as a feature. Most of my work from 1980 to the early 2000 is minimalist oriented, my various series either focused on cantilevered rigid elements or fluid chain structures. You can see my work from the 1980’s and 90’s in many US jewelry industry magazines; JCK, Professional Jeweler, Modern Jeweler, Colored Stone, Lapidary Journal, AJM, MJSA Journal and several others.

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