Textures in Metal
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Welcome to Marne Ryan Designs

Since 1976 I have been exploring, developing and teaching the process of making textures through heat. Patterns are created by fusing thin layers of silver, high karat gold, and platinum together in sheets to form fabrics of metal. This material is then made into hollowware, vessels and jewelry. In recent years my interests have expanded to include hollow-formed vessels made from copper and silver. I am very interested in creating larger pieces so people are better able to see the textures that I've been exploring through the use of different tools.Many of my pieces are used to mark rights of passage i.e., marriage, birth-death, graduation and personal transitions. The piece of jewelry or vessel becomes part of the ritual in one's life. This level of intimacy is the ultimate goal of my work.




Artist Statement

" I love to play with fire, suspending the rules of what can’t be done with metal and integrating the elegance of form and function within the barely controlled chaos of my life."   



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Custom Work & Testimonials

All rings are handmade, one of a kind pieces that are sure to make you feel unique. Each custom ring is fused with platinum 24k, 22k, 18k, rose, pale red, pale yellow, green, and white gold and is always sized to the individuals hand. When designing a custom ring you can request any combinations of metals, colors, and handsome glossy stones. The end result is nothing short of mesmerizing while maintaining a level of luxury that is unrivaled. 

I took a weekend workshop with Marne and it was absolutely FANTASTIC! I was a total beginner, and she took me through the step by step process to create a beautiful, one of a kind, bangle. She was so patient with the group, and gave me extra guidance when needed. I now have a beautiful piece of art to show for it, and am hoping to take another workshop with her in the future in the future!
Marne, you are such an inspiration to us all! I took a class with Marne about fusing textures into metal, and can truly say that it was one of my favorite jewelry workshops (and I’ve taken a lot!). Your wonderful ideas and passion for your work is contagious, and inspires me to keep going with my designs! I definitely recommend taking a course with Marne if you want to expand your metal work skill set. Thank you, Marne!
I absolutely LOVE Marne’s work, and have a couple pieces from her collection. The craftsmanship is incredible, and the rings are works of art in and of themselves. If you get the chance to attend one of her craft shows, or are in the Anaheim area, I highly recommend stopping by to see her and her work! It is quite the treat and she is so lovely, generous, and kind.