Faerie Hollow Jeweler
(guest artist with Amanda W. Mathis)
Fine silver, sterling silver & bronze jewelry
Cheri Platter found her calling while watching TV.
“I was watching a PBS program in which a potter was making a stoneware vase on a potter’s wheel,” she remembers.
She was so intrigued by the process she immediately signed up for classes at a local art school.
After just two years of classes, Cheri set up a home studio, Faerie Hollow Studio, and started selling her clay pots in art shows.
“I was fortunate to sell all my pots as fast as I could make them,” she says.
But throwing pots is hard on the body. Over time, Cheri has moved from throwing pots on a wheel to working with precious metal clay, from which she fashions her own line of jewelry. With precious metal clay, Cheri can create shapes and forms not possible from sheet metal or other forms of metal. The clay, which is pure silver or copper dust suspended in organic clay, can be pressed, molded, or sculpted. When it is kiln fired, the organics are burned away, leaving pure silver or copper behind.
She works on her art full time, averaging six to eight hours a day in the studio working with the precious metal clay or at the jewelry table assembling finished jewelry pieces. But her schedule varies day to day.
“Working for yourself allows the freedom to work, then explore other things, then work after hours again if needed,” she explains. “It can be a great way to create.”
When she feels stuck, or inspiration just doesn’t seem to strike, Cheri accepts it as a signal to get away from the studio, to go for a walk in the woods, to visit a museum, or to work in her garden, which is intimately connected with her artwork.
In her mind, the connection is basic. She sculpts clay into art forms and shovels clay in garden areas. She turns silver dust into jewelry.
“Basically, I live to play in any form of dirt,” she explains.
When Cheri moved to Brown County years ago, it was not specifically for the art community here, but for the scenery and a chance to live in the woods. But living in “The Art Colony of the Midwest” has worked out well for her.
“My friends here work in all forms of art and art-related businesses,” she says. “The art community is really an added bonus.”
Cheri’s work has been accepted to the prestigious Hoosier Salon exhibition, and is available at the Indiana Artisan Gallery in Carmel, IN.