Whimsically humerous clockwork shorebirds with antique watch-part tummies and dangling legs, silver whale flukes on copper seas, winged beetles and shadow-boxed bees adorned with semi-precious stones, sea siren mermaids with moonstone faces, playful flowers in shades of metal, stones softened by the ebb and tide of the sea. All part of Rone Prinz’ collection of unique wearable art jewelry – Industrial Zen goes natural.
“I started making jewelry during a Japanese papermaking class in 1986. I tore a piece off one of my sculptures & turned it into a pair of earrings. I saw a universe of beauty in this tiny little fragment that day. Then the alchemy of art began to evolve & one thing led to another. As I keep evolving I am still making jewelry. I am heavily influenced by my surroundings, whether it be driving cross country to an art show or walking on the beach watching birds. It’s exciting to see what wants to escape from my hands & form itself into something that is actually wearable.”
“Never limiting myself as far as materials go, I figure everything is a candidate from sterling silver & precious gems to found objects. I especially love repurposing these objects which to me are as precious as a diamond. I use basic metalsmithing & sculpture techniques to fabricate, such as forming, carving, sawing, soldering & sanding.”
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Stretching from Morro Bay to San Luis Obispo, a string of nine volcanic plugs sacred to the Chumash and Salinan indigenous peoples of our area, separates the Los Osos and Chorro Valleys and provides incredible views of green hills and beautiful cloud formations. The Morros, as the small string of peaks is called, end with Morro Rock in Morro Bay. Seven Sisters Gallery choose it’s name in honor of the seven visible peaks (known as The Seven Sisters) within this string of peaks. Morro Rock, the most sacred of these plugs and the location where countless rituals have taken place over the years, lies just outside our door and is the inspiration for our unique signature line of Morro rock jewelry.
A steadfast refuge to creatures great and small, The Rock symbolizes sanctuary, groundedness, the sense of our empowerment to overcome obstacles and the return of cherished things which might have once seemed lost.
“El Morro” was first named by the Spanish maritime explorer, Juan Rodriguez Castillo, when he saw it in 1542. But the Chumash and Salinan had been living around the rock since long before the Spanish explorers sited it. Both Native American tribes have been known to perform rituals on Morro Rock, including one prayer ritual by the Salinan that was said to ensure the return of the Sun after it had set.
In 1968 the rock was designated as a State Historical Landmark and since then, climbing the rock has been off limits to the public as it is a designated Peregrine Falcon sanctuary. The majestic raptors have nested on Morro Rock for centuries, and it was at one time one of the last remaining nesting sites in California when extensive use of DDT nearly drove the Falcons to extinction. Rehabilitation efforts since the ban of DDT have been successful in increasing Peregrine population once again, and it is now common to see the fastest animal in the world flying above the bay.