The crafted object : Omar Maldonado – jewellery

Omar Maldonado at one time studied Law, before deciding that it really wasn’t his thing. Originally from Argentina, he grew up watching his father build wooden boats next to the river, and he was always surrounded by tools. As he says, “For me, the best toys during my childhood were pieces of wood, metal, and paint”.

 

pendant

 

He started his jewellery career quite simply about 10 years ago while he was in his 20s, experimenting with beads and wire, and simple tools. He loved it, but soon realised there was so much more he could learn. And learn he did. Mostly self-taught, now his preferred materials are silver and crushed, coloured stone.

He admits to being influenced by Kandinsky, Calder and Klee, and this is also obvious in his work – the simple shapes are quirky, friendly and fun. And although he does design some of his work on paper, he still loves the thrill of improvising, of just playing with the materials to see what happens. The resulting freshness, playfulness, and joy that shines through the work is hard to deny.

 

pendant – geometric festival

 

ring

 

pendant

 

He says it is always gratifying that people around the world buy his products, but the very best thing that has happened to him recently is getting his work for sale in the shop of MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art) in California.

 

cufflinks – black & white bubbles

 

earrings

 

Currently based in Santa Fe, he is still very drawn to the water, and enjoys spending time near the river. But really, his heart is in his workspace. He told me he spends almost all day in it. “It is a pleasant, bright, and spacious … I could say that in my jewelry studio I feel like ‘a babe in its mother’s arms’. It is the space I have wanted for years.”

 

Omar Maldonado’s sketchbook

 

You can find more of Omar’s work in his Etsy shop, maldonadojoyas. You can also check out new work on his blog and his Facebook page

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With thanks to Omar for sharing his words and images here.

 

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