• Artisan Spotlight: Turquoise Terrapin

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    Artisan Spotlight in The Museum Store
    December 18 – 24, 2017

    Meet the Artist: Kelly Ormsby
    on Thursday, December 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Add some spice to your wardrobe Kelly Ormsby’s bold necklaces, earrings and stackable bracelets! Ormsby is a local jeweler, potter and Rockwell member from Corning, NY and was recently featured in The Ithaca Journal with a myriad of other regional craftspeople that make their living at festivals, fairs, and individual sales.

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    A little history

    The Turquoise Terrapin was originally housed in my dresser drawers, and my work spaces ranged from a kitchen table to a fire-lit tipi. In addition to creating commissioned pieces, I enjoy designing for boutiques, galleries, and museums. These unique spaces offer a beauty and experience all of their own.


    The inspiration for my work comes from my love of the Adirondack Mountains as well as the American Southwest. Both are home to dramatic landscapes, and require a ruggedness from their inhabitants in exchange for their beauty. Over the past decade, it has been my desire to create wearable art, representative of my travels, experiences, and appreciation of the natural world. Stone, antler, wood, leather, and glass are some of timeless materials nature provides. I weave together vibrant colors to communicate life, joy, and a determination to thrive. It is my desire that each piece I create tells a story of natural beauty and strength, and that these qualities resonate with the wearer.

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