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Artist Spotlight: S.Tector Metals

Sarah Tector is the artistic voice behind S.Tector Metals. Her less is more design philosophy is evident in beautifully conceived and fabricated production jewelry lines. Sarah is equally comfortable creating custom, one-of-a-kind, and limited edition jewelry that possess a sculptural, yet feminine aesthetic. Sarah not only creates her  work using traditional metals like sterling silver, gold, platinum, and base metals but has also worked in acrylic, resin, and vinyl. The unifying thread in Sarah’s work is her ability to allow a single, simple element, speak to the audience.

S. Tector Metals
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How did you come up with your business name? Using the first initial of my given name plus my last name and the material I work with the most, my business name illustrates my clean-and-simple mantra. I intentionally chose a gender neutral name so that my work gets in the door first without any judgment as to who made it.

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. My current work revisits previous designs in my portfolio. I’ve opted to either ramp them up a bit with color or re-imagine the pieces in new material(s).  Some of my wire work has been updated with a new source of color via enamel paint. This addition, to previously solid sterling silver work, provides unexpected highlights. I’ve also been experimenting with various methods of working with the waxes for my signature cast pieces. The results have been really fun.

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? My hope is to, actually, make some time to revisit techniques I have learned during classes I’ve attended in the last year, including: working in wood, steel, and some forming techniques.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share? I am really excited to share a couple of collections: Bronze featuring cast teeth, bones, beads, and bangles and Enamel Paint Earrings.

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? The new artists whose work I can’t wait to see are: Casey Sewell Freeman Ceramics, TL Jewelry Designs, and Juniper Bay Metals. My go-to favorites are metamorphosis metals and zass design.

What was your first concert and/or all-time favorite concert? I think Lollapalooza was my first concert. I seem to recall the Beastie Boys, circa Intergalactic being involved. My all time favorite has to the most recent Jack White concert in Columbia, SC.

What’s your favorite Halloween costume and memory? My favorite costume had to be Medusa. I wore this long black halter dress accessorized with metal snakes I made, of course, woven in my hair. My favorite Halloween memory happened when I was 3-ish. Our neighborhood did a mini haunted house. I was a bit nervous going through the house, but my dad was at the end, dressed as a ghost, giving all the kids candy.

Be sure to visit S.Tector Metals’ table at The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 8. Check out her newest bronze collection. You’ll love it.

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