An Oregon native who worked in Paris, San Francisco, and Venice, California throughout her career, Claire Falkenstein explored many mediums including sculpture, painting, printmaking, wallpaper, and jewelry. Falkenstein’s monumental metal sculptures and smaller sculptural jewelry made from gold, silver, platinum, bronze, copper, and steel ignored popular trends at the time. While working in Italy in the 1950s, Falksenstein devised a “Kiln Fusing” technique that joined Murano glass and copper, resulting in twisted and transparent forms she dubbed Fusions. This technique became synonymous with her creative process and influenced her experimental jewelry-making and sculpture production. Many of her works reside in the permanent collections of American and international museums, including the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Tate Britain, and the Centre Pompidou.
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