Copper Chameleon Re-Visited

img_5065This weeks artist spotlight is on Copper Chameleon, which was one of the first artists we showcased. Brittany Sondberg is the artist behind Copper Chameleon, and I feel I should state that she is also my sister. She constantly comes up with new concepts for jewelry, and each time they are a more beautiful creation. Her use of color and texture adds so much dimension to her work. You must check it out for yourself. She has recently launched a new website, and will be having a Spring Showcase Jewelry Show this April in Bishopville at a private residence.

Artist Spotlight

Brittany Søndberg received a BFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University in 2004. In 2005 she established a studio, built a website and started a jewelry & metal design company, Copper Chameleon. In 2008, upon moving with her husband, back to North Carolina, she became a full time artist. She has since expanded her studio, which is now located at Lyndon Street Artworks in downtown Greensboro.
Having studied under such acclaimed artists as Bob Ebendorf and Linda Darty, among others, Brittany complicates the traditional notion of jewelry by juxtaposing bold enamel hues with the simple appeal of minimalist forms. She adds touches of an antiquarian aesthetic to create work that is at once daring and accessible. Her work can be found in a variety of boutiques and galleries along the East Coast.

Along with running a successful company, Brittany teaches workshops in copper enameling and jewelry fabrication at Sawtooth School of Visual Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. She also teaches jewelry classes at The Center for Visual Artists in Downtown Greensboro and also offers private lessons out of her studio at Lyndon Street. Additionally, Brittany serves The Center for Visual Artists both as a board member and as a member of the exhibition committee.

Inspiration comes from my lifelong interest in fashion design coinciding with my love of danish modern and minimalist forms and elements. Occasionally I incorporate components with a well worn, aged or antiquarian aesthetic. The combination creates a balance between my appetite for modernity and affection for ancestral relics. The unexpected compatibility between the three motivations allows me to explore and create exclusive heirloom works containing emotion, material appreciation and contemporary faddism.
I work heavily in recycled sterling silver and copper. I very often incorporate vitreous enamel in my designs as a focal point, exclusive theme or as embellishment. I have used ebony and other rare species of wood, bezel setting them to showcase their natural artistry. Faceted cabochons, which are not all that easy to come by are my absolute favorite. Especially as opaque semi precious stones, the faceting is subtly formal and unexpectedly beautiful. Feathers have created a space in my work in there own right, feminine and dramatic, they contrast beautifully with matted enamels and simple settings. They are at their best when barely brushing the collar bone, the tail of an earring easily moving when you turn your head. The materials I use and the designs I create combined with the personal experience of wearing my collection constantly allows me to state that the jewelry I create is flattering and comfortable, bold and yet completely accessible.
I strive to make jewelry and other “objets d’art” that will be passed on to subsequent generations, connecting the future wearer with the past from which it came. A simple and romantic tradition to connect ancestors over lifetimes. I hope to be the creator of such treasures while simultaneously challenging the limits of what jewelry and adornment can be.

Copper Chameleon jewelry, designed and created by metals artist Brittany Søndberg, is made using unique enamels, stones, and responsibly sourced or 100% recycled precious metals. Custom work always available, wholesale orders and other adventurous opportunities sought constantly. All pieces are completely hand crafted in Greensboro, North Carolina.



Natalee DeHart (1040 Posts)

I moved to the Eastern Shore to enjoy a slower pace of life after spending several years working in fast-paced settings. Earning a BA from Towson University and an MA in Education from Loyola University provided me with the drive to progress in many business fields. As the owner of Good Clean Fun Life, an arts and entertainment magazine online, I have had the opportunity to spread good vibes, promote entertainment, artists, and events across the Mid-Atlantic region. GCFL provides me with many opportunities to practice a few of my favorite hobbies: photography, socializing, and blogging. GCFL is now headed in a new and exciting direction, allowing me to grow this into a full time venture in Digital Promotion using Content Strategy and Media Production.

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