Greg Orloff is a sculptor, metalsmith, and mixed media artist from St. Louis, Missouri. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in sculpture from University of Missouri, Columbia. Currently, Greg resides in Los Angeles, CA at the Brewery Artist Colony next to downtown L.A. There he has established a jewelry and sculpture fabrication shop where he creates his own work as well as performs jewelry and antique repairs.
Greg has also been involved with a number of arts organizations nationally and internationally: Venue Design Artist at the Ragtag Non-Profit Cinema in Columbia, MO: Resident Artist/Program Assistant at Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC; Resident Artist at the Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, PA; Studio Assistant for C. James Meyer at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC; Short Course Scholarship recipient at West Dean College in West Sussex, U.K. His work has been included in national and international juried exhibitions at venues such as: Maria V. Howard Imperial Arts Center in Rocky Mount, NC; Heidi Lowe Gallery in Rehoboth Beach, DE; Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, AR; Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference(s); and Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI.
When creating a piece of jewelry, there are many things are taken into consideration, such as materials, scale, color, texture, and so on. This then naturally influences the design of the jewelry, if the esthetic is determined to look gritty/rugged then the piece should communicate this through texture, patina, and visual weight. With esthetic in mind, I’m also fascinated as to how jewelry complement/alters/enhances the body’s ego as well as one’s persona when worn. I design and create with the intention that the piece will have a natural “fit” when viewed on the body as well as for how the wearer personally feels while wearing it. Whether that be empowerment or prestige to vanity and self-preservation, it’s what makes wearing jewelry so special in how it makes the wearer feel, connected to it and how it communicates with others in the surrounding world.