"Your work is more art than jewelry" is a comment I've heard from many of my collectors, customers, and visitors. I do, in fact, view my work more as an artistic expression and less of a simple craft.
My jewelry begins with water-casting, which involves dropping molten silver into water. This process, completely random, often duplicates shapes and forms found in nature.
These water-cast components are then micro-welded into larger configurations, allowing me to retain the desired level of detail, unobtainable with soldering. Traditional and non-traditional metalsmithing techniques are used to create organic, one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Biography for Michael Opipari
After careers as a freelance photographer and retail designer, Michael Opipari embarked on a new path. Since 2017, his combined experiences have given him a unique perspective on the practical and aesthetic processes of crafting innovative, environmentally sound, and ethically sourced wearable art.
As a result, Michael was selected to participate in the Detroit Creative Corridor Center's Creative Ventures, a year-long business development program for creative-sector entrepreneurs, and is an active participant in the yearly Detroit Design Festival.
His published works include the June 2020 Featured Artist of the Month by Metalsmith Guild of San Francisco, exhibitions at The Gutman Gallery in Ann Arbor, MI and, national art fairs, including the Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair, the BeauxArts Art Festival of Arts, Miami, and artfest: Michigan Avenue, Chicago.