Art in Hand Gallery
Sterling silver jewelry, using metalsmithing and methods of glass fusing
Online and various art shows
“When I place the Indiana Artisan logo on my work, I am constantly aware of wanting to live up to such an honor. When I see that logo on another artist’s work, I feel an instant kinship.”
Dusky Loebel (pronounced Label) has long followed an art path, finding trails that let her use a variety of media to express herself, learning new techniques and pushing herself to perfect old ones. But it was a class in 2003 that uncovered Dusky’s hidden enthusiasm for crafting sterling silver and fused glass jewelry.
“I’m inspired by the work and dedication of the dozens of superb artists I’ve gotten to know over the years, and I’ve studied with a particularly inspirational teacher at the Indianapolis Art Center,” she said. “As I learn new metalsmithing skills, I’m excited to find new ways to incorporate them into my work, challenging myself and keeping my work fresh.”
As glass fusing became more popular, Dusky wanted a way to set her work apart. Making pieces that are exceptionally well-crafted and detailed was not enough for her, so she created a unique signature in her jewelry.
More recently, she developed a way to set the glass behind a sterling silver pattern that she hand-fabricates from sheet metal. “This approach is completely original,” Dusky explained. “I have not seen anyone else adopt this combination of materials and techniques.”
The vibrant color of the glass in her jewelry draws both men and women to her work at art fairs. She believes buyers choose a piece because they appreciate the quality of workmanship and her unique designs, and many notice the Indiana Artisan brand.
“But they also are buying jewelry because in some way they’ve connected with me, the artist,” she added. “When I talk with them about how I make a piece and tell them a bit of my journey, the jewelry becomes more meaningful to them-and I know it’s going to a good home!”
Because jewelry is personal art, she feels that she has touched many lives through her work. Dusky says she’s “delighted and humbled to know that long after I stop making jewelry, women all over the Midwest and abroad will be wearing my work, perhaps handing it down to others.”
Dusky wanted to be an Indiana Artisan not to gain recognition or marketing assistance, but to belong to an inspiring community and to make connections with other artists that share her excitement for artistic work.