Kaleigh Jones "Holding On, Letting Go"
Kaleigh Jones "Holding On, Letting Go"
Incubation: Artists in Pursuit of Discovery

Kaleigh Jones "Holding On, Letting Go"

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salt, sterling silver
salt casting, fabrication
1.5" x 1.5" x 2.5"

"I want to take the ocean with me. To have a piece means to have a piece of the place, a claim, an ownership. This is salt, a mineral from the ocean. I introduced salt to flame and melted it, poured it into this shape in order to keep a part of the ocean. To have the ocean with me as my own, wear it on my body. This is silver, I melted it, I rolled it, I pulled it, I shaped it. I paid attention. When it was too hard, I softened it. When it was too hot, I let it cool. With it, I built a frame for my salt.
In order to keep my salt, I must be careful. I can’t get too close to its source, the ocean, otherwise it will dissolve. It will disperse within the vastness of the ocean. I’ll be left with the frame, a new space, free of holding, capable of filling."

My time at Peters Valley provided an experience to engage with learners of all abilities and ages. This overview of the workshop format was extremely impactful for me post undergraduate studies, for it expanded my perspective of what I knew to be a learning environment. The people are what I found the most inspiring. Each individual arrived with a different curiosity and intention, creating a dynamic learning environment. My time was insightful to the possibilities of alternative education for adults and has influenced my decision to apply for a Graduate Degree in Adult Education and Continued Learning at Portland State University.


Kaleigh Jones, Portland, OR
Kaleigh Jones was born and raised in Montana. She received her BFA with a focus in metals from Montana State University and has since been accumulating experience in both educational craft settings and fine jewelry retail. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon making small batch sterling silver jewelry while working as a sales professional at Twist. She will forever be intrigued by connections.

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