There is something that feels primal and otherworldly in the jewelry of Robin Cust. “To me, a successful piece of jewelry looks as if it could have been excavated from an ancient civilization,” she writes.
Currently residing in Deer Isle, Maine, Robin earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Appalachian State University. She then continued her metalsmithing eduction with an apprenticeship with Ronald Hayes Pearson, who won the 1996 Gold Medal Award from the American Craft Council. Her highly regarded collections have appeared in the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Philadelphia Museum Show, the Washington Craft Show and the American Craft Council Shows.
Robin enjoys working with gold because of the metal’s “seductive properties,” the way it moves, the way it reflects light, and the impression her tools leave upon it.
“My hand tools, often old and bearing flaws and blemishes, impart some of their own history and imperfection as they are employed in the making process,” she says.
Robin’s unorthodox pairing of materials feeds the elemental, raw power she strives for in her work. She seeks a balance between precious and non-precious materials, each of which provides a rich and exciting field of exploration.
“I like to think of myself as primarily linked to the ancient people who found this mysterious substance in their environment and were drawn in by its power as a gift of nature long before it became a monetary concern,” she says.
You can see more of Robin’s work at www.robincustjewelry.com.