Pamela Huizenga

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Pamela Huizenga was on my radar for the book, ‘Women of Jewelry’for months.  I had seen her work and was intrigued particularly because she was a lapidary which is decidedly unusual and unique to her work.  Cutting the stone adds another dimension to the craft as it creates a control that is unparalleled for each project.  Upon entering the Couture Exhibit in June of 2017, I had the marvelous good fortune to meet her at her booth.  When you see her work it is astounding because although her images of her work are top notch and professionally done, they do not convey the quality, the feel and the sheer weight of each piece.  Every piece of her jewelry has it’s own presence, almost as if a strong spirit is inherent in each one.  I was so please when Pamela agreed to an interview.  At her booth I carefully examined her work and was simply in awe of it’s weight, the feel and the craftswomanship.  I love her work with artifacts and was drawn to an ancient spear tip that was woven together in a linear fashion with very small diamonds like a lacy, feminine house for something so male and essentially a weapon.  The diamonds seemed to balance out the meaning of the spear tip and neutralize its intention.  I made the observation that balance was the key component to Pamela’s work which in turn made the design extremely articulate.  Fine design can be perceived and not always explained. Her bracelets were simply astounding.  They move easily and gracefully like the way a snake moves effortlessly across the sand. Smooth and liquid were words that came to my mind.  When I interviewed her and discussed how she laid each bracelet out I was even more impressed with their construction and meaning.  She tells how she fell in love with mosaics, and how the bracelets are constructed like a mosaic, and the hours that are involved with making each one look so effortless and complete.    I was intrigued originally by the fact she cut her own stones, but now the ethereal method that she laid out each mosaic bracelet was additionally of interest.  When she finds unusual gem material it is if she listens to it’s spirit and then unlocks its essence from each piece of gem.  She also has a serendipitous style for combining materials that speak to each other in a secret language.  I felt this clearly with the coral bracelet and diamond components.  The gold was cool to the touch, the diamonds clear and sparkly, all paired with the organic shapes of the red coral.  Her raw diamond bracelet was so fluid, and yet had such weight. Every shape and color has a dialogue with each other, and you feel that quality when you put each piece of jewelry on your body.  Her designs are inspired, ergonomic, and intelligent.  Pamela Huizenga was a pleasure to meet, and then interview.  She is down to earth, practical, a mother of several children in a blended family, and deeply connected to the roots of her own passion and design principles.

Hardy Klahold