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Sherrie Cocanougher Creates Jewelry from Recycled Silverware at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Wednesday, 07 03, 2013

Gwen Heffner
gwen.heffner@ky.gov
Information Specialist
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Phone: 859 - 985-5448 X 230

On Saturday, July 6, Sherrie Cocanougher, of Parkville, will be demonstrating how she creates jewelry using recycled silverware and flatware from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Cocanougher is a lampwork glass artist from the small Forkland community in Boyle County. She has been working with soft glass for over six years, and her initial training was procured in Louisville, at Glassworks. She has taught herself about jewelry by reading, watching video tutorials and practicing.

Cocanougher has always had a love for craft jewelry and color, and lampworked glass has been the outlet for her expression. She creates the links and findings in her jewelry by hand, from fine silver, copper and gold-filled wire. Working from her garage studio, Cocanougher uses mostly soft glass from Moretti and Vetrofond and anneals her glass in a digitally controlled kiln.

 Bracelet by Cocanougher

Cocanougher’s signature design incorporates vintage silverware into her bracelets and necklaces. Searching in antique stores and rummage sales, she finds odd silverware pieces, which she tumbles in a rock polisher to clean and polish the surfaces of the flatware. She then combines the refurbished silverware handles with her handmade glass beads to create unique jewelry.

Cocanougher is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, the Louisville Artist Guild and the Sheltowee Artisan Guild.

Works by Cocanougher are regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Celebrating 10 years in 2013 with three days of events and activities July 19-21, the center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits include “The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea: Celebrating 10 Years,” on display through Aug. 24; and “The Founding of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea” and “Highlights of the First 10 Years,” on display in the lobby through Nov. 17, 2013. For more information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center, or go to the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.