Hilary Finck

August 24, 2021

Hilary Finck-Pistachios

Hilary Finck is featured in our 2021 Exhibition 'Sticks and Stones & Broken Bones' 
July 31st – October 31st

Our Autumn exhibition celebrates contemporary artists that aren't afraid to push limits by moving away from classic designs and towards recognizable imagery.



Q: Where did you study Jewelry/Metalsmithing and when?

A: Colorado State University, late 1990s; apprentice to Peter and Dan Macchiarini, San Francisco, early 2000s


Q: What inspires your work?

A: Color, unique stones, kinetics, the desire to make one-of-a-kind pieces and jewelry that is different from the usual.

Q: Do you have a favorite piece you've made?

A: Captured Rutilated Quartz Orb Necklace




Q: What made you want to start making jewelry?

A: I've always had a creative side and had started making sculptures out of wire but felt limited in what I could do. So I looked into taking a jewelry class as something fun to do while getting my veterinarian medicine degree. Needless to say, I never got that veterinarian degree.


Q: What is your favorite process? Why that one over others?

A: Fabrication. It's exciting to be able to take raw materials and turn them into something beautiful, something that I've either sketched on paper or have imagined in my head.


Q: Who is your favorite artist/who do you wear?

A: Alexander Calder


Q: Is there an artist on your personal wishlist that you hope to own one day?

A: Judy Geib


Q: What is something you would want someone to know about your work that they might not know?

A: I really do fall in love with every piece that I make. I take pictures of the process, and when it is finished, I set it up nicely and adoringly take a bazillion pictures. With very special pieces, it can be hard to let them go, but it's always so wonderful to know that someone else has fallen in love, too.


Q: When you're not making jewelry, what are you doing?

A: I love taking walks on the beach after work at sunset. I also love to go camping and backpacking. Lately have been doing boat-in camping, which is just too much fun!


Q: This show centers around more unique jewelry making materials. What drew you to those materials? 
A: I'm slightly addicted to finding unique stones. I like bright colorful stones, as well as stones that have translucency and illusionary qualities. In addition, I love to incorporate plique-a-jour into my work. It's like a little surprise in each piece as the sun shines through. It's a great way to add color to a piece while still allowing the metal to shine.
Q: How do you source the materials that you use? 
A: I fabricate using recycled metals. In addition, I source stones from a few small lapidarists in the United States and one in India. As much as possible, I strive to work with lapidarists who work with sustainably sourced stones.
Q: The materials featured in this show are oftentimes overlooked in traditional jewelry making. What are your goals for using them in your work? 
A: I want to use interesting stones and set them in my unique "Captured" way so that the wearer knows they have something special -- a piece of jewelry that no one else has. And with plique-a-jour, it's a signature technique I've used since the early 2000s. It's a rare practice, and I like to use the enamels in a way that feels modern and has a bit of pop. It's important to me to make work that doesn't look like everything else.
Q: How would you describe your use of imagery in your work? 
A: My work has a romantic modernity to it, and many times a playfulness because of the colorful nature of the stones or the plique-a-jour. The Captured setting has a dada-ist feel to it -- like the anti-setting. No prongs or bezel, but a cross bar to hold the stone in place. It has an elegant assertiveness to it.


 Hilary Finck

San Francisco, CA


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