Tidal Necklace No. 9

Kate Mess

The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Enamel Artist Kate Mess Statement Necklace Tidal 9 Charred Handmade in USA
  • The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Enamel Artist Kate Mess Statement Necklace Tidal 9 Charred Handmade in USA
  • The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Enamel Artist Kate Mess Statement Necklace Tidal 9 Charred Handmade in USA
  • The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Enamel Artist Kate Mess Statement Necklace Tidal 9 Charred Handmade in USA
  • The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Enamel Artist Kate Mess Statement Necklace Tidal 9 Charred Handmade in USA
  • $1,425.00

Deepest true black reveals new intensity in this stunning enamel statement necklace.

Reversible to suit your mood, one side features a special element 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.” 

The reverse side features a solid black pendant with a bold and graphic oxidized silver design, which functions as a decorative setting adding strength to the outer edge. The handmade chain of smaller enamel elements interspersed with bent and hammered silver is just as important as the beautiful pendant itself. Either way it is worn, this piece truly makes a statement. 

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.

- Central pendant measures 2.25” x 1.75”, necklace 20” long
- Reversible
- Vitreous enamel, cupric oxide, copper, oxidized Argentium silver

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.

A recent Good Supply art exhibition entitled Symbiosis explored the similarities and differences in 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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