Moxy Metals

Spine Study 1
December 16, 2009, 4:12 pm
Filed under: Fall 2009

This pendant is the first in what I hope will be a series of studies of spines and vertebrae.  Inspired by an exhibit on mammals in the Natural History Museum here in NYC, I started thinking about the spine and vertebrae as forms and as links.  We’ll see where it takes me.  This pendant is hand cut, formed, oxidized copper.  It rests on an 18″ sterling ball chain.  It is approximately 1.5″ x 2.25″, with a height from the body of about 1/2″ (as seen in the photo on the right).  I really enjoy the shadow cast by this piece.


Moon Pendant
December 16, 2009, 4:02 pm
Filed under: Fall 2009

This pendant was made using a process called Cuttlefish casting.  That’s where the sort of wavy, pitted texture came from – the natural striation of the bone, along with the cooling process of the metal.  I carved a circular divet into the backbone of a cuttle fish and cast molten silver into it directly by pouring from a crucible.  I include this process in an Organic Sculpture class I teach.  This pendant is a gift from my grandmother, who, in her new apartment this fall discovered that her fine silverware kept diving down the garbage disposal.  This pendant was created by melting down one of her mangled spoons.  I also soldered sterling tubing onto the top, and hung the piece from at 16″ ball chain.  It is a gift to my grandmother in thanks for her metal donation (though I have not yet made anything from my Dad’s gold teeth…).  It is approximately 1/2″ in diameter, and includes sterling and fine silver.

Lilly Pads
December 16, 2009, 3:54 pm
Filed under: Fall 2009

Here is an enameling experiment from this fall.  Eventually, a small glass bead will be linked through the central holes and the piece will be hung from 2 sterling chains.  The challenge, for me, for this piece, was to create droplets and veins on the surface of the enameled lilly pad.  We just got our enameling kiln at 3rd Ward this summer, and slowly but surely, we are becoming friends.  I have since made a second version of this piece to create with transparent enamels,  which has been etched, and includes a sterling lilly cut out – look out for that one to get done sometime in the new year! This piece includes sterling silver, powder enamel, glass rod and glass beads, and is approximately 1″ for the top, .5″ for the bottom.

Contact me! (for prices, commissions, classes and general chit chat)
December 12, 2009, 6:26 am
Filed under: Contact

To inquire about prices, to commission a piece or to talk in general the best way to contact me is through email:  moxymetals at gmail dot com  (sorry for the longhand, I just don’t trust wordpress to stop robots from emailing me).

Please leave your name, the best way to reach you and your reason for contacting me, and I will get back to you ASAP.

To inquire about jewelry classes please contact 3rd Ward studio directly, by visiting their website link on this blog.   I am also available for one-on-one instruction or help with a specific project, or for art lessons for children, in which case please use the above email.

Thanks for your interest!

December 12, 2009, 6:21 am
Filed under: Bio

My name is Max Goodman (short for Margaret, if anyone asks).  I was born just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1984.  I grew up in Philadelphia, and attended local public schools, eventually finding my way to the Tyler School of Art of Temple University.  I originally intended to study painting and art education, but was placed at random into a jewelry elective as a freshman.  Always a multi-tasker, I managed a double major BFA fulfilling all requisite course work for both a jewelry and a painting major.   In addition, I managed to study in Rome for a year and earn my k-12 Art Education Certification.  Upon graduation from Tyler, Suma Cum Laude in 2007, I returned to Europe living in Normandy, Paris, Lyon and eventually settling in Lazio and then Tuscany, Italy to pursue my other passions – traveling, riding and training horses.  Upon my return to the US in 2008 I spent some time reinventing my jewelry style, creating production work and picking up commissions here and there.  In January 2009 I relocated to Brooklyn, NY to see what I could see.  I currently reside in Brooklyn, make work for my emerging Moxy Metals brand, teach many jewelry and jewelry related classes at the 3rd Ward Studio and volunteer at Riverdale Equestrian Center.  I hope to grow my jewelry business in the coming months, and perhaps to start a children’s program at 3rd Ward, to make use of my education degree and create a community resource I feel is lacking.  I am always open to new projects, new conversations and constructive criticism; feel free to contact me any time, and let me know your thoughts!

Bird Brooch
December 7, 2009, 5:16 am
Filed under: Summer 2009

This acrylic brooch is apprx. 3″ in length.  The main material used is reflective bronze acrylic which has been sandblasted, painted and flocked.  The brooch mechanism is nickel silver.

Blue and Gold Brooch
December 7, 2009, 5:14 am
Filed under: Summer 2009

This acrylic brooch is 2″ in diameter and approximately 1/8″ thick.  The main material is yellow reflective acrylic which has been sandblasted, painted and flocked in royal blue.  The brooch mechanism is nickel silver.