My name is Kenna McCall, Lapidarist, Metalsmith and owner of TerrAdore Art Jewellery Studio in Merrickville, outside Ottawa, Canada.
I design art jewellery with gemstones that I cut myself. I am part of the “slow fashion” movement where the focus is on small-scale, community-based designers/makers.
TerrAdore means love the earth. My goal is to create art jewellery that reflects the strength, confidence and originality of the person wearing it. Each design is one-of-a-kind and is meant to highlight the unique features of the gemstone.
I specialize in local, Canadian and rare gemstones of exceptional value and quality. I dig/collect them myself or ethically source “rough” slabs from small-time miners I know and trust to be respectful of the land, locals and the environment. I take extra care to use only “safe” metals that do not contain toxic materials or cause reactions. For this reason, I do not use materials from China. I make ear-wires in Sterling Silver, gold-filled or Niobium only, to reduce the chances of irritation.
I use hand-tools and traditional techniques to fabricate a variety of one-of-a-kind pieces. When gemstones are included, the design focuses on highlighting the unique features of each particular gemstone. I also make necklace chains and bracelets with Viking Knit, an ancient metal weaving skill developed by the Vikings to make armour, jewellery, etc.
Recently my jewellery was featured in the February edition of the international art fashion magazine Tearsheet PDX.