Meet Denny Machette Pizarro
Denny Machette Pizarro
I was born and raised in New Jersey, but spent more than thirty years on the banks of the Delaware River at the corner of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. I identify as a New Yorker, but don’t be fooled, I am a New York country girl.
In 2001, my son and I moved to a suburb of Chicago and found abundant opportunities to explore and create art. What began as a quest to learn how to wrap a prized fire agate, soon spiraled into glass fusing and finally metal smithing. At The Fine Line Creative Arts Center in Saint Charles, I found teachers of metals and jewelry-making and began a journey that I continue on today.
Over the years I have discovered something about myself. I am obsessed with color and driven by learning techniques. My color obsession led me to collect a vast array of cabochons and faceted gems and my most recent rabbit hole of anodizing of Titanium and Niobium. The beauty of anodizing of Titanium and Niobium is that a beautiful oxide layer can be achieved with electricity. The exploration of metal smithing techniques has compelled me to dive into Fusing Silver, Piercing, Broom Casting, Link-in-Link Chain Making, Cold-Connections, Keum Boo… The list is long.
I work with a variety of metals: Fine, Sterling and Argentium Silver, Gold, Copper, Bronze, and most recently Titanium and Niobium. I also collect designer cabochons and when//if I can part with them, you may find one in a piece of jewelry.
My work is dedicated to my brother, David Machette. He was an artist and an encouragement until his death. His nickname for me was Dewdrop and each piece is either signed or stamped Dewdrop in his honor.