Olga Starostina

Olga came from a technical background in her native Russia to become a working metalsmith and artist. Her metalworking interest took her to the Jewelry and Enameling Department in the Glassell School of Art in Houston, where she has studied under Sandra Zilker for the past 8 years.

During the process of experimentation with free form casting she rediscovered aluminum as a material and instantly became fascinated with it. Poured molten aluminum is extremely light and allows for dimensionality without added weight. She finds beauty of the surface that forms when molten aluminum is poured — creating something akin to raw semiprecious stones —unique and beautiful in it own shape and texture.

 

I am a native Russian, Houston-based Jeweler/Metalsmith. Currently, I am working with free cast aluminum. For my work I use any scrap aluminum I can find; from aluminum cat food cans to old rain gutters, which I melt in a hand made forge. It is the beauty of the surface that is created when molten aluminum is poured which fascinates me. For me, each aluminum blob is like a raw semiprecious stone; unique and beautiful in it own shape and texture.

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