Cynthia Lee Darling is an Associate Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. She began her journey thirty years ago selling jewelry on the streets of Hanover New Hampshire. For the last twenty years she has lived in San Francisco and her work has been juried into numerous local and national art shows. She has taking classes at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester New York and continues to take workshops at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco. She is a member of the American Craft Council, The Michigan Guild of Artists and Artisans and the Enamellist Society.
She loves teaching and has been able to volunteer in the San Francisco School district teaching enameling to high school students at Lowell. She is also a volunteer with San Francisco Recreation and Park.
Her passion is to use wire as sculpture to adorn the body. All of her hand crafted pieces start out as wire and stone and end up as wearable art. The frames are made out of sterling silver and forged with hammers first and then soldered. One piece of sterling silver wire is wrapped around the frame from one end to the other adding opals, stones and pearls hand set and soldered by me. The sterling silver wire can be as short as five feet for a ring or as long as 35 feet for a necklace. In some of the pieces displayed, pearl seed beads are added for color and texture.