David Wysor came to jewelry largely by chance. Living in New Orleans, he met a jeweler with a studio in the French Quarter, who was having trouble meeting the demand for his handforged sterling silver jewelry. David offered to help. “As soon as I sat down at the jewelers bench,” he says, “I knew this was what I was going to do.” He drank in everything he could about jewelry-making. He read books. He attended workshops. He walked into shops to inspect other designers’ pieces, to turn them over in his hands to see how they were finished.
After moving to Philadelphia to start his own business, he continued to soak up technical know-how from picking up contract work. His own style matured in the early 90’s, when he designed what is still his signature bracelet. The design is organic, the shapes reminiscent of bones, joints and knuckles, and when you look at it closely, you can see that the overall design is asymmetrical yet balanced.
Some pieces in his collection, like his signature Circle Bracelet, are about balance; some are about texture; and some are about pattern. One thing they all have in common is their versatility. “There are shapes and forms that speak to us universally, and putting them together is where designers come in – realizing the response those shapes, patterns, lines and textures elicit, then putting them together in a way that makes people want to use them.”
Displaced by the expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center David has relocated to an area near Charlotte. I’m interested now in thinking a little more deeply and being mindful about what I’m doing. A quieter, more natural place helps me with that. I really think I’m doing my best work.”