Her artwork focuses on the transformation of metals, the inspiration of nature forms and the integration of vintage found objects into her work. By upcycling ornate metal antiques, her goal is to reinvent the object– to breathe new life into old things, thus making them relevant and beautiful again. Her artwork honors the traditions of metalworking, craft and utilizes a diversity of techniques. The end result is refined, one-of-a-kind jewelry and metalwork.
Sydney received a Master of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing at Syracuse University and a BFA from the University of Kansas. After completing her education, Sydney worked in New York City as a Technical Advisor for the Compleat Sculptor and at Margo Manhattan Gallery in SOHO as the Production Manager for the designer’s jewelry line. She has also been teaching metalsmithing/jewelry making courses for over 15 years at Johnson County Community College and other respective colleges
Sydney Pener, "Ode to the Maidens"
2022 • Cast & fabricated brass, agate, found objects, pearls, 24k gold foil • 5 ½” x 4 ½” x ¼” (20” pearl strand) • $3800 •
bronze, fine silver, alpaca white bronze, found object - fragment of ancient vessel from Yoko Ono's performance piece in Guggenheim, Bilboa, Spain • $695 •
Weeping Willow Caterpillar
2011 • Sterling silver, cast bronze, copper, patina • 16” x 7” x ½” • $2800 •
Sydney Pener, "The Shrine of the Peacock"
2022 • Sterling silver, fine silver, found object – antique silver-plated cake knife, pyrite, pearls, fluorite, green onyx • 4 ½” x 3 ½” x ½” (18” pearl strand) • $3800 •