BFA 1972 and MA 1978, Oxford Campus
Communication Design (formerly Graphic Design), Studio Art (Metals and Jewelry), and Art and Architecture History

Tennoji Pagoda Temple, 2020
Sterling silver; 8.0 mm checkerboard faceted Rhodolite Garnet
3 1/2 x 3 x 1 inches

Tennoji Pagoda Temple, 2020

Brief Biography

Lucille Hautau’s passion is pattern. She creates intricate designs in gold and silver using embossing, reticulation (interlacing lines), etching, and inlay techniques to weave a tapestry of pattern. Hautau specializes in distinctive design and unfailing attention to detail. Each completed work inspires a frenzy of new ideas. She strives to create jewelry that is intriguing, well-crafted, and exquisitely designed. Embarking on a new challenge both excites and calms them. Hautau views her creations today as the heirlooms of tomorrow.

Artist Statement

Asian and Mediterranean art and architecture fascinate me. In 1977, Miami University brought to Craftsummer the esteemed Japanese artists Hiroko and Gene Pijanowski. I learned Japanese techniques, tools and patinas that I still use. This pendant is photo-etched, constructed then oxidized. Lastly, the Garnet was “snapped” into a pre-cut groove using tension to float it in place. Inspired by the Tennoji Temple, I constructed a sanctuary to enshrine the pendant. This piece empowers the wearer.

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