Lonni has lived a life of art: from lithography and photography in college, to quilting while raising her children, watercolor, sculpture, and many mediums in between. Her endeavor into metalsmithing started circa 1996. Jewelry seemed a natural progression, pulling from past experiences and artistic expressions, culminating with the acute skill and careful craftsmanship that metalsmithing demands. Her skills were honed with a variety of master teachers including, John Cogswell, Ronda Coryell, Fabrizio Acquafresca Andy Cooperman, Betty Helen Longhi. The majority of her work is Sterling silver, sometimes including 18K Gold, and sometimes a body of work in Argentium silver. The newest body of work is called the “Mosaic Series” the works are sculptural and textural, using a painstaking process of creating sheet metal that looks like mosaic tiles. You’ll see in the new work hollow forms, and shell forms and domed pieces. Expect to see lots of new stones, layers, and coordinating pieces.
“How light dances across the surface of the metal is an important consideration in the designs. Stones provide a sense of color and contrast.” – Lonni Hopkins