Ligonier artist to be featured on PBS show
Bolivar resident and co-owner of Allegory Gallery Andrew Thornton will be featured on “Beads, Baubles & Jewels,” a television show about jewelry-making which highlights different artists, techniques and new products.
Thornton met with produces and the show's host Katie Hacker recently in Solon, Ohio, to film the three-part series, which will focus on his creative process and thoughts on artistic technique.
“I was really honored to be asked to participate,” said Thornton. “The show has featured some incredible talent over the years and I consider myself to be very lucky to count myself among the guests.”
Thornton discussed his background as an artist, his experience with blogging (andrew-thornton.blogspot.com) and his success with Allegory Gallery.
“Andrew has made a name for himself in the jewelry making community and it was definitely time to spotlight him on the show,” said Hacker. “We were especially interested in the way his artistic training has translated into jewelry making and how that journey has brought him to where he is today, as co-owner of Allegory Gallery.”
The PBS series, sponsored by KS Production Inc., is in its 10th year. Thornton will be featured in the 2000 series, which will begin airing in May. Currently, an episode airs weekly on www.BeadsBaublesandJewels.com, with select clips available on YouTube.
“I've followed Andrew's work for years, from his early submissions to Stringing Magazine and award-winning designs, to his current role and have enjoyed reading his blog along the way,” Hacker said.
The second and third parts of the episodes featuring Thornton will focus on hands-on demonstrations — with him showing how to make epoxy clay bead caps and Hacker showing the process of making a rosary chain necklace.
“Andrew shared a sculptural jewelry making technique that views are going to love,” Hacker said. “It's inspiring to see an artist combine his passion for the work with a calling to share his experiences.”
Thornton said he admired Hacker's stamina and focus and that it was interesting to be involved with the filming process and witness all that goes in to preparing for and filming a show.
“It was my first time doing anything for TV and I was a little nervous, but the strangest of things, I actually liked it,” Thornton said. “The format of our segment was conversationally based and it was easy to chat with Katie about things that are near and dear to me.”
Thornton said the experience went so well he is considering doing more filming in the future.
“I'd love to be able to share more of the things I've learned along the way,” he said. “Maybe a series of short YouTube videos? You never know. Hopefully, they'll have me back on Beads, Baubles & Jewels.”
Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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