Also Known as: Colette Denton
Born: Oakland, California 1937 Active in: Berkeley, California.
Colette supported herself as a model, an astrologer, and a belly dancer before turning to jewelry. Her first successes were cloaks with elaborate, handmade clasps that attracted a clientele including singers Roberta Flack and Elton John. She turned from textiles to focus on jewelry, small sculpture, and painting. Although she no longer uses the technique, Colette’s skill in cloisonné enameling is a major contribution to her field.
The artist may have been referencing the mystic William Blake: To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower, hold Infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.