Nancy Denmark, Jewelry Artist
ST JOHN LUTHERAN PROJECTSPROCESSIONAL CROSS FOR ST. LUKE'S, DALLASGOOD SHEPHERD ANNIVERSARY DESIGNEPIPHANY ANNIVERSARY DESIGNEPIPHANY WINDOW INSPIRED PECTORAL CROSS PROJECTCOMMUNITY OF HOPE PROJECTSECW DESIGNSBISHOP DOYLE'S PECTORAL CROSSCOMMISSION WORK FOR BISHOP RICKELDESIGN WORK FOR BISHOP DENA HARRISONBISHOP HIGH'S PECTORAL CROSSALARD PECTORAL CROSSPECTORAL CROSS DESIGNED FOR THE  RT. REV. MIGUEL TAMAYO
SPECIAL PROJECTS

Most of the images on the left are portals leading to galleries showing each project. Below is a list of some of these interesting commissions and further below is a statement on how and why I choose my projects.

In recent years, I have been designing special pieces for bishops, churches and church organizations. Purple text below provides links to designs that can now be purchased.

Special Projects/ Design Commissions

* A pectoral cross for the consecration of Bishop Coadjutor of The Diocese of Texas, The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle. (2008)

* A pectoral cross for The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia in Western Washington. (2007)

*A pectoral cross for the consecration of The Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison, a suffragran bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas (2006)

*A pectoral cross for the consecration of the Rt. Rev. Rayford High, a suffragran bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas (2003)

*A pectoral cross for the consecration of the late Rt. Rev. Leopoldo Alard, a suffragran bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. (1995)

*A pectoral cross and ring for the consecration of The Rt. Rev. Wilfrido Ramos-Orench, a suffragan bishop of The Diocese of Connecticut (2000 - 2006).

*A pectoral cross for the consecration of The Rt. Rev. Miguel Tamayo, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Uruguay.

*50th Anniversary Cross (2007) for The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Houston, TX (wearable crosses and design for print purposes)

*50th Anniversary Cross (2005) for The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Dallas (wearable crosses)

*50th Anniversary Cross (2000) for St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Dallas...this includes wearable crosses for its members, a wood and sterling processional cross, and eventual adoption of the design as their church logo.

*75th Anniversary Cross for St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Houston (wearable crosses)

*Turning the logo for Church of the Holy Apostles in Katy, TX into a jewelry form for its members

*Jubilee Jewelry Design for Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, TX

*I was invited to submit a design for the Episcopal Church Women's Triennial Logo, which they selected for use as their official logo at the 2003 national meeting. I also created the design in jewelry form, which remains available for purchase as A New Light Is Shining.

*I designed a new ECW butterfly in 2001 for the centennial celebration of the women's organization in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. It is available for purchase in jewelry form.

*I create wearable crosses to identify members of The International Community of Hope, a pastoral care ministry, with its origins at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston.

*Matching pectoral cross and verge for Church of the Epiphany's first verger/ the same cross is worn by many lay readers and clergy and a small version worn by members.

why and how I choose my projects...

Since I choose to work alone, doing most all the work myself, I cannot take in all the work I am requested to do. I came to realize I wasn't supposed to be doing just any and all work presented to me. As my reputation and following has grown though the years, I have learned to exercise a discernment process of what I am called to work on next. I ask, "Can someone else do this project just as well? Will this project utilize my special gifts and voice?" I exercise much caution when taking on a big project for a church or organization, making sure I can commit to the project at that given time. Being a "one person business" means all work stops when I have to leave for business, family, or volunteer work. I also can't make jewelry while I am out exhibiting at shows, so I have many things to consider when scheduling shows and projects. Many of my decisions are simply based on how to best manage my valuable time, which I never seem to have enough of. It is a constant balancing act that I don't take lightly. I am always in a process of examining what I am doing, where I am going with it, and for what reasons I am doing it.

Some other general rules of thumb: I rarely do custom work for individuals and I don't do repair work except what falls under service and maintenance of my own products.

With all that said... feel free to present your special projects to me. If I feel it is not a project with my name on it, know that I have thought it through, and made a decision I think best for all involved at that particular time.
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