James Olson never ceases to amaze with simple, yet strikingly appealing jewelry design. With sterling silver Jamie has artfully shaped a drop pendant featuring a center piece of Alaskan mammoth ivory and Utah black jet married into the shape of a crescent moon. The addition of an orbiting white moonstone and a black star diopside, both of Eastern Indian origin, complete what Jamie has titled “Luna.” With this piece, there is no need to look to the heavens to witness the majesty and wonder of the universe.
About my work, or lack of, it chose me as much as I chose it. Asked where I get my ideas, I can't really say for sure. I'm thankful I get them once in awhile, and have the basic skills to carry them through to a satisfactory condition, at that point and time. I'm blessed, I love what I do, it's a passion. When that love and passion is not there, I'll do something else. Today I live and work in Bluff, Utah, my home and shop is a 1965 Winabago trailer, 7' x 15' inside dimensions, I believe in low overhead.
I've been doing these types of pieces, I like to call wearable art, in a limited way for the last seven years, before that I mostly poured concrete and abused alcohol, I gave both up May 24th, 1994, I became a free man.
I have a passion for prehistoric peoples, especially the Anasazi, since I live and work in their historic home land. The pottery sherds, a functional art form which I incorporate into a lot of my designs are, as I like to say recycled refuse, prehistoric trash, 600 - 1,000 years old. Legally collected on private property. Most of it goes back to the earth, or we can bring some to light and enjoy.
Other materials I use have been used by prehistoric peoples for thousands of years, mostly for decorative uses. Turquoise, Jet, a carbonized wood (dense coal), Pipe stone, Mammoth Ivory not a local material but wonderful stuff. Almost alive again after 15 - 20 thousand years. These pieces are of constructed silver, sheet, wire, etc., bonded by intense heat every piece is one of a kind, in it's own right.
I'm still flattered by the fact that people pay good money for what I create, especially since it's something we don't really have to have, or thankfully, maybe we do. Thanks and enjoy!