Peggy Cochran

Peggy Chochran

I was 20 years old by the time I discovered that I had an ability or even an interest in craft. I was in need of a dining table and due tot he fact that I was "financially impaired" I chose to make one myself. I felt like a fish who had found water. I love to make things and I relish tools.

After having experience as a furniture maker, woodcarver and clay modeler, I found jewelry to be a very comfortable medium. Small, intricate objects have always intrigued me and I enjoy the interaction of self-expression and technical challenge that jewelry offers its maker.

I approach my work intuitively, which often adds an element of surprise, and alleviates stress that occurs from feeling forced to formulate ideas. I generally begin with a rough line-drawn sketch, then I let my senses carry me through the process of creating each piece. Once it is complete I consider its meaning or source of inspiration.

As a whole, I view my work as an interactive blend of things that intrigue me such as the human figure, architecture, history, technology, anthropology, and communication. I am guided by concepts that I value such as simplicity, complexity, purpose, spontaneity, play, and care.

I am fascinated by the role that symbolism plays in the process of communicating ideas, and by emotional and intellectual responses to the synthesis of form that occurs in my work. I have developed a "vocabulary" of symbols that is perhaps the most distinguishing aspect of my work. For me, these shapes represent the many processes and periods we go through in a lifetime, and how we give attention to and learn from our experiences and from history. They are about trusting our intuition in a world that is chaotic and distracting. I prefer to leave it to the viewer/wearer to interpret my images and what they mean to them specifically. My hope is to appeal to the viewer's sense of what is both instinctive and profound concerning our relationship with past, present, future, ourselves, our environment, and each other.