Local jeweler Jim Cotter will teach at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center | VailDaily.com

Local jeweler Jim Cotter will teach at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center

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This ring features a 14-karat white and yellow gold wide band with a cubic zirconia set in cement.
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ASPEN — Jim Cotter is well known as a contemporary jewelry designer in the Vail Valley for the past 44 years. His expertise in this area means that giving back to the art community is an important task. As such, he is teaching a special workshop at Anderson Ranch in Aspen this month. This workshop will focus on the technique of using cement and industrial materials in jewelry.

“I always like to see the new artists who are coming out with their own unique ideas,” he said. “Having a chance to teach them my techniques is a privilege.”

Cement is one of Cotter’s favorite materials, and he has become well known for his pioneering use of it in the context of jewelry. The idea of taking a material used to construct sky scrapers and putting it in something more intimate, like jewelry, is an interesting juxtaposition to Cotter. The notion of using unexpected materials is inspiring to master metalsmiths and students alike. Those enrolled in the class at Anderson Ranch will learn Cotter’s perfected cement methods and will be encouraged to think outside the box.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center is located in Snowmass Village. Other notable artists who also guest teach include Russell Baldon, Brad Miller, Simon Levin, Petah Coyne and Christo. The workshop that Cotter is teaching will focus on creating cement jewelry, hollowware and sculpture.

J. Cotter Gallery was established in 1970 in Vail and continues to uphold the tradition of bringing contemporary jewelry and art to the Vail Valley. J. Cotter Gallery can be visited in Vail on Wall Street and in Beaver Creek Village on Market Square. For more information, contact the J.Cotter Gallery at 970-476-3131 or at vail@jcottergallery.com.

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