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Margo Plageman Enjoys Taking Jewelry from Concept to Three Dimensions

Jewelry artist Margo Plageman says that her creations do not always turn out the way she imagined, but that she always enjoys the challenge of turning her ideas into something wearable.

“For me, structure is a challenge,” says Margo, who started to create jewelry 20 years ago first at the Cubberley studios and then at the Art Center. “But I like working with the jewelry-making tools and figuring out how it can be done. It’s definitely a form of self-expression.”

Margo will be one of several artists at the Art Center’s Holiday Sale on December 2, offering her jewelry for sale. Her unique creations of silver (and a touch of gold) feature geometric shapes often found in nature.

“I use a lot of spirals in my work,” she says. “I like working with jewelry-sized art and including a lot of detail in what I make.”

Margo, who graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s degree in art two decades ago, also mentions that she works with—and is inspired by—metal artist Harriete Estel Berman, who specializes in creating jewelry and art from recycled materials.

“I’m always thinking about my artwork and how I can go from concept to form,” she says. “I now have a new appreciation for what it takes to create jewelry, and the time and effort it takes to make it.”

The Art Center’s annual Holiday Sale takes place at the Art Center on December 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Palo Alto Art Center Foundation members will have the opportunity to preview and purchase artwork on December 1, 6-8 p.m.

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2015