Barnacle No 43 Charred Series: Fragment Cutout Necklace in Chartreuse

Kate Mess

The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Enamel Artist Kate Mess Barnacle No 43 Charred Series Fragment Cutout Necklace Chartreuse Enamel and Argentium Silver Handmade in USA
  • The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Enamel Artist Kate Mess Barnacle No 43 Charred Series Fragment Cutout Necklace Chartreuse Enamel and Argentium Silver Handmade in USA
  • The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Enamel Artist Kate Mess Barnacle No 43 Charred Series Fragment Cutout Necklace Chartreuse Enamel and Argentium Silver Handmade in USA
  • The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Enamel Artist Kate Mess Barnacle No 43 Charred Series Fragment Cutout Necklace Chartreuse Enamel and Argentium Silver Handmade in USA
  • The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Enamel Artist Kate Mess Barnacle No 43 Charred Series Fragment Cutout Necklace Chartreuse Enamel and Argentium Silver Handmade in USA
  • The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Enamel Artist Kate Mess Barnacle No 43 Charred Series Fragment Cutout Necklace Chartreuse Enamel and Argentium Silver Handmade in USA
  • $125.00

Hanging gracefully from a delicate silver chain is a unique shape full of elegant simplicity. Kate Mess creates her beautiful versatile jewelry with a nod to the sea and vibrant Maine coast. Like the changing landscape and tides, Kate's pieces each hold a bit of mystery. She believes the element of play and exploration is crucial to the creative process. 

The Fragment Cutout necklace is no exception and gives the wearer a role in how the pendant is viewed. By considering both sides of her enamel pieces Mess's work can be worn however suits the day. Charred black may add the perfect note of sophistication to a sleek ensemble. Flip the necklace around to find a pop of bright chartreuse. However worn, the piece has an organic ease that lends itself as a statement or to everyday wear.  

The Charred colorway showcases a special feature that adds texture. We call it diamond dust.

In fact, the fine dust used to develop the “charred” surface is a reclaimed by-product called cupric oxide, which is ash left in the kiln after the firing process. Enamelists call it “firescale.” 

We are inspired by artists who seek ways to repurpose what can be considered a waste material by some. Both Kate and her husband, ceramic artist Jonathan Mess, try to make reclamation a central feature of their work. This results in one-of-a-kind pieces that gently urge us to remember that every natural resource in our world is worth saving and treasuring for future generations.

The process of making each piece involves fusing colored glass to copper in a hot kiln or with a torch. The result is a vitreous enamel, a material of near-permanence and durability. 

- Pendant measures ,   chain
- Colors Charred and Chartreuse
- Reversible
- Enamel on copper
- Argentium silver chain

About The Artist

Kate Mess is an award-winning contemporary jeweler, artist, and designer. She muses with enamel, metal, pattern, and ornamentation while taking inspiration from her home: rugged and gorgeous midcoast Maine.

Making jewelry that pushes boundaries and offers new definitions of adornment, Mess is intrigued by experimentation, clever design, color, pattern, and silhouette.

At The Good Supply, we believe there is infinite value in the idea of slow living; slow enough for barnacles to grow, reclaiming space and intention. That’s why we love Kate Mess.

Kate’s work and artistic processes illustrate the value of taking time. Whether hand sawing designs into metal, melting down repurposed materials, or carefully collecting the ash by-product of kiln fired enamel for the next piece of jewelry, she lets the process guide and inspire her along the way.

From the Artist:  I enjoy imagining my creative inquiries as they leave my studio and go off into the world to live a life completed with you, emerging from my two hands in my studio in the Maine woods to come alive adorning your life or home.”

We are proud to work with both Kate and her husband Jonathan Mess, award-winning ceramic artist. Their studio endeavors have been closely linked since they met in graduate school in 2006. Renowned in their respective disciplines for innovation in pushing material boundaries, both Kate and Jonathan credit Maine’s rugged coastline and nature as their primary inspiration.

The Good Supply hosted an art exhibition in 2017 entitled Symbiosis. The theme explored the similarities and differences between Kate and Jonathan’s work. The way their practices intertwine opens a dialogue of the benefit of cross-medium influence and experimentation. The couple work out of studio spaces in their home, a renovated gambrel barn in Jefferson, Maine.

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