Infused with power, each and every piece is melted and sculpted while molten, producing almost a 'mini-sculptural' feel. The melted Sterling Silver moves and retracts with a flowing quality that oftentimes chooses it's own path. It is in this attempted control of these elements of metal and heat that the artist destructs and constructs each piece into it's own sculptural creation.
"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” —Maya Angelou
Born in Los Angeles, California, and having lived in New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Florida, Gillian now calls Savannah, Georgia home. Gillian obtained a BFA from James Madison University in 1999 and her second BFA from California Institute of Arts in 2002. She freelanced as a print designer, and in 2010 Gillian joined Signet's Jared the Galleria of Jewelry and in the following years worked her way to General Management as a certified Gemologist and Diamondtologist.
While she was on bereavement leave with the death of her father, her store was held up at gunpoint. 'I knew this was the tipping point.' She said, 'I needed to create and use all of the skills I learned working in the industry. I need to give back.'
It was through obtaining her Masters of Arts degree at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2019, that Gillian found her direction as a Jewelry Designer and Maker, and the birth of Gillian Trask.
Gillian Trask stands behind empowering others, and helping the community is a great start!
We're of the mindset that every little bit counts, don't you think? We raised $85 this past Thursday to help feed Savannah through Kingdom Life Christian Fellowship church. Pretty good for our first Auction!
It was such a fun show to do with my friend and fellow jeweler, Dierra Jones.
For those of you who know Dierra, or as my daughter calls her, 'Dee', Dierra is a powerhouse. Not only did she recently graduate from SCAD with her MFA in Jewelry, she was asked to speak as a guest artist at the SNAG (Society Of North American Goldsmiths) conference. Let me just say, for those of you who aren't familiar with SNAG- SNAG was created in 1969 as an 'organization for designer craftsmen in the metal arts field and to produce a conference of professional jewlers.' Since then SNAG has 'far exceeded it's original vision by educating and energized a further two generations in the metals community'. - June 13, 2020: Snagmetalsmith.org.
Talk about empowerment! To be invited to speak at this conference of talented jewelers from all over the Nation is an enormous accomplishment. Sadly, SNAG cancelled their conference because of Covid-19, but I'm sure Dierra will be invited back to speak again. Her work as an artist and jeweler speaks volumes to her talent.
Our pieces were a hit, and guests could have a chance bid on one-of-a-kind pieces made especially for the show at low special auction prices:
We hope you'll join us next time!