When was the last time someone gave you a compliment on your jewelry? It happens all the time when you’re wearing a true piece of art.
At Charles Osten Jewelry, each piece is a handmade original, guaranteed to be as distinctive and individual as you are. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for a gift, each piece is a treasure that sets you apart from the crowd.
I was born and raised in Central Iowa and moved to East Tennessee to attend college. I received my formal training in art at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, receiving both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art Education, with a minor in Fine Arts. I have also studied at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and with many regional and southwest artists. From 1993 to 2002 I entered numerous juried shows, and my work was featured in several galleries throughout the south.
I began teaching art for Knox County Schools 1980 and spent the first 20 years teaching in two different middle schools. In 2000 I was asked to transfer to Austin-East Magnet High School to develop an extensive art program for the Magnet School, which was opening that year. During this same time I was also hired by Tusculum College to teach two evening classes. My responsibilities became so involved that I was not able to pursue my art the way I would have liked, and my personal work was placed on the back burner until I retired from public education in 2010.
I am presently a member of Foothills Craft Guild and have been a member and two-term president of the Knoxville Watercolor Society and a member of the Tennessee Watercolor Society. I currently teach classes at the Oak Ridge Art Center and with Knox Co. Schools as a Distinguished Professioal. Since retiring from public education I have been able to devote much more of my time to travel and painting, and to reacquainting myself with the art scene on a local, regional, and national level.
The artwork I have created over the years has been an extension of my travel experiences, both internationally and here at home. Water media has been my medium of choice, but I have also developed an interest in oils and pastels.
From childhood I have always been fascinated with nature and the textures found there. Five years ago a student in one of my painting classes at the Fountain City Art Center introduced me to PMC (precious metal clay). Once I was introduced to metal clay as a means of expression, it was as if a whole new world of possibilities had presented itself to me. I am now producing hand-crafted art jewelry in fine silver and bronze.. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind creation. My work evolves constantly as I discover new textures derived from nature and transform them into unique pieces of wearable art in the form of fine silver jewelry.
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