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and furniture are Kerman's in-
"My style is contemporary,
geometric and sometimes art
deco," said Kerman, who gained
experience with gold and silver-
smithing as a part-time employ-
ee for local jewelers.
"I enjoy working with different
forms, and I'm leaning toward
more practical jewelry, making
each piece comfortable to wear
and pretty to look at."
Kerman believes some of her
best ideas have come during out-
side activities — hiking, biking
and jogging. Her mind is clear-
est at those times, she says.
"I like to wear very simple jew-
elry," the master's candidate
said. "As a student working with
my hands, I usually wear ear-
rings and necklaces. I make
much of my own jewelry, but I
buy some as well.
"I recently made earrings out
>Th of gold, sterling silver and
amethyst, which is my favorite
As Kerman explores new
crafting techniques, she works
with computer processes. One
produces designs three dimen-
sionally in a polymer resin that
can be used as a mold.
This summer's big project is
an outdoor sculpture .commis-
sioned by a family in West
Bloomfield, whom she has vis-
ited to learn about their tastes
and assess the kind of structure
that would blend well with their
She also is preparing jewelry
for the Ann Arbor Summer Art
Fair, where graduate students
will have a booth.
Last year, Kerman, a member
of the Birmingham Temple, com-
pleted a Christmas sculpture for
the White House. It was select-
ed in a juried competition open
to college students, and she was
one of four U-M contenders
whose designs were accepted.
"I came up with the design to
go along with the theme — The
12 Days of Christmas,' " the
artist explained. "I did two birds
of paradise in a Christmas scene.
"I got a letter from the Clintons
thanking me for the sculpture,
and it was really quite an honor."
While continuing with jewel-
ry and sculpture studies through
her master's program, Kerman
additionally will study furniture
design. After her master's is com-
pleted, she would like to attend
the Royal Melbourne Institute of
Technology in Australia to en-
hance her skills.
"My younger sister, Jodi, is a
junior at Groves High School,
and she also designs jewelry,"
Kerman revealed. "She has won
a couple of national awards, and
we frequently work on projects
"Eventually, I'd like to devel-
op my own line and have an in-
ternational reputation and
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