My name is Kenna McCall, Lapidarist, Silversmith and owner of TerrAdore Art Jewelry Studio in Merrickville, outside Ottawa, Canada.
I design and create art jewelry based on unusual gemstones that I cut myself. Art jewelry is original, one-of-a-kind jewelry that has been designed and hand-crafted in a studio using traditional silversmithing techniques.
I specialize in local and rare gemstones of exceptional value and quality. I mine or ethically source "rough" slabs or chunks of rock tp be cut, ground and polished into gemstone cabochons. I then create a setting, in silver or copper, to highlight the outstanding features of the gemstone. My lapidary and jewelry-making processes meet ethical and environmental standards.
JEWELRY DESIGN STYLE
My design influences are Viking and Celtic cultures and mid-Century Modernist and Brutalist design, specifically from Scandinavia and Canada. I use hand-tools and traditional techniques to fabricate one-of-a-kind earrings, pendants, bracelets and rings. I also make Viking Knit necklace chains and bracelets. Viking Knit is an ancient metal weaving skill developed by the Vikings to make armour, jewelry, etc.
On occasion I collaborate with local artists on special projects and custom work.
WHAT MAKES TERRADORE JEWELRY DIFFERENT
Most TerrAdore customers are instantly attracted to one or more particular pieces, usually because they evoke a feeling or memory of an event, occasion or person they care about. If they are interested, I tell them the stories behind the jewelry: where the stones originated; why I cut them the way I did and what I was thinking or feeling when I designed the piece. If they acquire a piece of jewelry, over time the background story blends with their initial reactions or memories and the piece takes on a greater meaning. I often hear from return customers: "I am not one for wearing jewelry but I love yours and get so many compliments". The story behind the jewelry has become theirs to tell.
GUARANTEED QUALITY STONES AND METALS
If I did not collect the stones myself, I purchase rough material and sometimes cabochons from other lapidarists (gemstone cutters) who I know and trust. All stone is hand mined as I do not purchase from mining companies. Similarly, I am very careful where I purchase my metals. I only purchase silver material from Canada or the United States and chains from Italy or Israel as these are the best quality sources. I do not purchase from other countries, particularly China, as I cannot guarantee the quality, grade and safety of the silver.
SKIN SAFETY AND COMFORT
I emphasize skin safety with my stones and metals. I only make Sterling Silver, gold-filled or Niobium earwires to reduce the chances of irritation. Niobium is a newer metal that is completely hypoallergenic. I use it for earwires for copper earrings because the colour matches better than silver. Copper jewelry has been either permanently sealed or temporarily sealed with wax to avoid irritation or skin discolouration.
IN PERSON SHOPPING AT THE STUDIO, SHOPS OR ART SHOWS
Under normal circumstances the public is welcome to my studio for demonstrations, browsing or purchasing jewelry and arranging for custom orders. I have regular hours and take appointments. My copper jewelry is available at Vinyl Destination in Merrickville and Olde Magick in Prescott. I attend most art shows in the Eastern Ontario and National Capital regions and participate in the Merrickville Studio Tour. Otherwise, most jewelry is found on the website or I welcome inquiries.
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- Vice President of the Merrickville Artists Guild
- Member of the North Grenville Arts Guild
- Member of the Ottawa Arts Network and received a mentorship, 2020
- Member of Canadian Artists.com and Ottawa Artisans.com.
- Member of the International Gem Society.
- Member of the Metalsmith Society.
- Former member of the Ottawa Lapidary and Mineral Club
- Former member of the Vancouver Island Metalsmith Association