sandra mccaw fine art jewelry

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands... "       1 Thessalonians 4:11

Sandra strives to lead a quiet, simple life, is fairly good at minding her own business and can’t remember a time when she wasn’t driven to work with her hands.

As a child, growing up in a family that frequently relocated around southern New England, she could most often be found racing wildly through the streets, woods and meadows surrounding her various homes. Her first creations were made from sticks, leaves, stones and whatever else she discovered while belly down on the forest floor, or hanging from the uppermost branches of a tree.

As an adult her hands have worked as a graphic designer, commercial photographer, milkmaid, chocolatier, landscape gardener and, finally, a maker of beautiful objects to wear.

Sandra is an accomplished seamstress and enjoys working with fibers when time allows. She has bicycled across the United States and traveled extensively throughout Europe from north of the Arctic Circle to the Greek Islands. Sandra spends part of each day enjoying the outdoors and can still be spotted belly down peering through black ice, racing across the local pond on skates, skis or in her kayak, and even still-occasionally-up a tree. These experiences and activities meld to inform her work which has been compared to woven fibers and Turkish tiles.

Acknowledged internationally as an innovator and leading polymer clay artist, the hallmarks of Sandra's creative style are precision and exactness. Attention to detail, masterful use of color and intricacy of pattern distinguish Sandra’s work.


The caning process Sandra developed to create the patterns prevalent in her work has become known as the "McCaw Cane". It involves mixing several gradations of two or three colors, rolling them into sheets and stacking them into blocks. Each block is then cut in the same way and the pieces swapped to create simple multi-colored patterns. These blocks are then reduced, divided and recombined to form increasingly complex patterns that are the foundation of her jewelry designs. Sandra adds richness and texture to many of her pieces with the application of 23K gold leaf.

Learn the methods Sandra details for you in her DVD, "Innovations-The McCaw Cane", available from the store.

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