Gold and silver jewelry and sculptures
Internationally known award-winning jeweler Walt Rush was born in San Francisco and at a young age was transplanted kicking and screaming to Ohio. Surrounded by a fertile environment of creativity, my father was an Architect and my mother a painter. So, I came by my talent naturally. In my early years in school, I excelled in art, drafting, metal and woodshop as well as welding. I am a self-taught Gold/Silversmith with over 48 years of experience in creating jewelry. I returned to the California Coast in order to create and design works of art in jewelry and precious metal sculptures.
I often design most of my jewelry with a general creation in mind. However, as I am creating a piece my surroundings, metals and stones that I am working with will influence me to the end result. In my wax designs, I see something in my mind and cut everything else away. What I enjoy doing most is my water cast, straw & seagrass cast designs because I can’t influence what is created from pouring or dripping the molten metal into the water or straw. I create from the design that takes shape when the metal hardens. I work with all types of stones be it natural specimen, faceted or a variety of cabochons.
I believe jewelry should be an attribute to the human body as a painting is to a room or a sculpture is to that special place in a home, building, or yard. My works-of-art in jewelry or treasured precious metal sculptures are for the discerning in taste.
My work has appeared in the Mendocino Arts Magazine and I was personally photographed and interviewed for one of there magazine artist spotlights.
Currently, I am a member of the Gualala Arts Center, a member of the Mendocino Art Center and a member of the Arts Council of Mendocino County.
My creative designs are on display at the Artists’ Collective Gallery in Elk, The Discovery Gallery in Gualala, and the Prentice Gallery in Mendocino.
You can also find my Jewelry on line 24-7 at rushstudio.etsy.com
Directions to Studio 21 at 35250 Old Stage Road, Gualala: From Sea Ranch, right on Old State ( it becomes Old Stage Road); 5.7 miles on left.
From Gualala, north to Pacific Woods Rd, right 1.3 miles to Old Stage Rd., then left. Follow signs.
From Point Arena: South on Hwy 1 to mile marker 10. Go east onto Iverson Road for 6.5 miles. Just past Fish Rock Road, our studio will be on the right. 35250 Old Stage Road. Look for signs.
Studio Tour Hours:
August 28 & 29 September 4-6
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.