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"I find it interesting that the natural world is not symmetrical. It is more dynamic. I like finding the balance in things and their design. Buds, unfurling leaves, full blown flowers – they are all the same form in different stages."
Jay Butler was drawn to metalsmithing because she liked whacking pieces of metal with a hammer. It seems an unlikely beginning for someone hooked on the quiet observation of nature until you notice the common link of physical transformation. As a graduate of the metalsmithing and jewellery program at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Jay is at home with tiny saws, big magnifying glasses, silver dust and torches. These are her much loved tools that she uses to transform copper and silver into her Treeline brooches, Stripes earrings and pendants, and the silhouette necklaces featuring iconic seagulls and clouds. Butler handcrafts the distinctive and easy to wear findings and wire hooks on her earrings.
Jay divides her time between St. John's and Gros Morne National Park, where she can appreciate the miniature perfection of tundra plants, tidal pools and the tactile delight of beach stones. Weather dominates life in Newfoundland and Labrador, and fittingly Jay chose Mauzy as her company name, evoking the shrouded days of warm summer fog.
The colour rich patinas on the jewellery have been waxed to protect the metal's finish. Kindly do not use chemicals, polishing compounds or polishing cloths as these will remove the distinctive finish. For a safe and ecological way of cleaning jewellery use toothpaste or baking soda with water, scrub gently with a recycled toothbrush, and pat dry with a soft cloth. No nickel is used in Mauzy designs.
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Contact: Jay Butler
St. John's, NL