Debra Dembowski / Ethereal Adornment

Figurative Jewelry and Sculpture

Formal Education

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Metalsmithing

1989-1990

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

BFA - Major: Painting/Drawing

1980-1984,1986

Education - Workshops

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts

Course: Chasing & Repousse

Instructor: Lucinda Brogden

Bryn Mawr College, National Polymer Clay Guild Conference 2001

Course: Silk Screen

Instructor: Gwen Gibson

Course: Crazing for Polymer Clay

Instructor: Elise Winters

Course: Woven Wire Structure

Instructor: Laura Balombini

Course: Mosaics with Polymer Clay

Instructor: Lindy Haunani

Polymer Clay Haven Event 2001

Course: Mokume Cane

Instructor: Irene Coyer

Course: Translucents

Instructor: Marie Segal

Course: Face Cane

Instructor: Julie Wise

Course: Color Washed Pendants

Instructor: Margaret Maggio

Course: Self-Embossing Canework

Instructor: Patti Kimble

Weavers Guild Chicago

Course: Invisible Polymer Clay Canes

Instructor: Pier Voulkos

Corning Museum of Glass

Course: Pate de Verre

Instructor: Donna Milliron

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts

Instructor: John Cogswell

Course: Stone Carving

Instructor: Bob Lockhart

Course: Enamels

Instructor: Barbara Minor

92nd Street Y (New York)

Course: Enamels

Instructor: William Harper

Bodacious Beads (Chicago)

Course: Off Loom Bead Techniques

Instructor: NanC Meinhardt

Publications

"Art Jewelry Today 3", Book, Jeffrey B. Snyder, 2011

"500 Handmade Dolls", Book, Lark Books, 2007

400 Polymer Clay Designs", Book, Lark Books, 2004

"Art Jewelry Today 2", Book, Jeffrey B. Snyder, 2008

"Art Jewelry Today", Book, Donna Z Meilach, 2003

Bead and Button Magazine, Artist Profile, April 2002

"Jewellery Design in the 21st Century", Book, Claude Mazloum, Gremese

International s.r.l., Rome, 1999

The Eclectic Collection, 1998

"Bead Art", Book, Kalmbach Publishing, 1998

Lapidary Journal, April 1998

Ornament Magazine, Summer 1998

The Beaded Object, Exhibition Catalog, 1996

"The Art of Erotic Jewellery", Book, Claude Mazloum, Gremese International

s.r.l., Rome, 1995

Cape Cod Antiques and Art, Review of Bare Essentials Show, August, 1995

Art Muscle, Invited to design Barbie bathing suit in metal, Feb/Mar, 1993

Awards

Award of Excellence, Art in Your Eye, Batavia, IL, 2011

Award of Excellence, Stevens Point Festival of the Arts,Stevens Point, WI, 2011

Best of Jewelry, Greenwich Village Art Fair, Rockford, WI, 2010

Award of Excellence,College Hill Arts Festival, Cedar Rapids, IA, 2010

Award of Excellence, Stevens Point Festival of the Arts,Stevens Point, WI, 2010

Honorable Mention, Art in the Park, Northbrook, IL, 2009

Honorable Mention, Greenwich Village Art Fair, Rockford, IL, 2009

Award of Excellence, Stevens Point Festival of the Arts,Stevens Point, WI, 2009

Jurors Choice, Hidden River Arts Festival, Brookfield, WI, 2008

Award of Excellence, Highwood Art Festival, Highwood, IL, 2008

First Place, Art in Your Eye Fine Art Show, Batavia, IL, 2008

First Place, Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts, Vernon Hills, IL, 2008

Best of Show, Cuneo Gardens Art Festival, Vernon Hills, IL, 2008

Award of Excellence, Festival of the Arts, Stevens Point, WI 2008

Best of Fine Craft, Art at Riverwoods, Riverwood, IL, 2007

Collectors Purchase Award, Greenwich Village Art Fair - Rockford, IL, 2007

Best of Jewelry, Greenwich Village Art Fair - Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL, 2007

Award of Excellence, Highland Park Festival of Fine Craft, Highland Park, IL, 2007

Best of Show, Cuneo Gardens Art Festival, Vernon Hills, IL, 2007

Award of Excellence, Suburban Fine Arts Festival of Fine Craft, Highland Park, IL, 2004

Honorable Mention, Morning Glory Craft Fair, Milwaukee WI, 2003

Best of Show, Deerfield Art Festival, Deerfield, IL, 2003

Award of Excellence, Morning Glory Art Fair, Milwaukee, WI, 2001

1st Place, Oakbrook Invitational, Oak Brook, IL, 2001

1st Place, Waukesha Art Fest, Waukesha, WI, 2000

Merit Award, Edina Art Fair, Edina, MN, 2000

Best in Category, Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts, Oconomowoc, WI, 2000

Award of Excellence, Morning Glory Art Fair, Milwaukee, WI, 2000

Best in Category, Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts, Oconomowoc, WI, 1999

Merit Award, Arts Eats & Beats, Pontiac, MI 1999

Award of Excellence, Morning Glory Art Fair, Milwaukee, WI, 1999

Best of Show, Downers Grove Fine Arts Fair, Downers Grove, IL, 1999

Best of Show, Downers Grove Fine Arts Fair, Downers Grove, IL, 1998

Best of Show, Powderhorn Fine Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN, 1998

First Place, Peoria Fine Art Fair, Peoria, IL, 1998

Merit Award, Riverssance Art Fair, Davenport, IA, 1996

Best of Show, John Michael Kohler Annual Arts Festival, Kohler, WI, 1996

Theme Shows

Treasures, Nov 2, 2002 - Jan 5, 2003, Artspace and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI - Kohler, WI - Milwaukee, WI

Beadworks, May 23 - Sep 13, 1998, The Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH

The Beaded Object, Traveling schedule: Jan 1998 - Feb 1998, Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL - Oct 1997 - Jan 1998, William King Regional Art Center, Abingdon, VA

The Beaded Object, Oct 1996 - Jan 1997, Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center, Ashville, N.C.

Ornament Show, 1995, Signature Gallery, Mashpee/Boston/Chestnut Hill, MA

Bare Essentials, 1995, Signature Gallery Mashpee/Boston/Chestnut Hill, MA

Celebration of the Nude, 1992, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Featured Artist

Edgewood Orchard Galleries, 2005, Fish Creek, WI

Edgewood Orchard Galleries, 2003, Fish Creek, WI

Eclectic Collector Gallery, 2001, Katonah, N.Y.

Edgewood Orchard Galleries, 2001, Fish Creek, WI

Edgewood Orchard Galleries, 1997, Fish Creek, WI

The Ole Moon Gallery, 1996, Dallas, TX

The Lindsey Gallery, 1996, Oak Park, IL

Art Resources Gallery, 1995, Edina, MN

Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts, 1994, Detroit, MI

Artist Statement

The focus of my jewelry is predominately figurative. I hand fabricate my stylized people using small chasing and repousse tools to create arms, legs and other dimensional details. I fashion my faces from polymer clay using a hybrid molding / sculpting technique, then further define the details with washes of acrylic paints and chalks to achieve the doll like appearance that I desire. After polishing the metal and setting any necessary stones I then construct the beaded hair by sewing each and every strand. When completed I attach it to the metal using a technique that I developed and has become my signature look. I also include carved stone bases or frames with the more elaborate pieces because I view them as small-scale sculpture. I would like them to not only adorn the wearer but also the environment in which they reside.

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