Michael Rubenstein

Michael Rubenstein


In creating my black and white jewelry, I explore the themes of simplicity and elegance, proportion and balance, and symmetry/asymmetry.

I use silver, brass, and black and white resin to produce my minimalist pieces.  My goal is elegance and refinement – finding beauty in the quiet and the essential.

I bring to the jewelry bench my background in ceramics, and my love of tools and techniques.  I am fascinated by ornament and ornamentation, and always curious about how and why people respond to my work. 

After studying at the New York College of Ceramics in the 1980’s, I moved to the Finger Lakes region to work as a mold-maker and technical manager for MacKenzie-Childs LTD. I made my own ceramic work full-time for 10 years, selling my work at the Ithaca Farmers Market and at Handwork.  I began making jewelry after meeting local jeweler David  L. Huffman: a few lessons at the bench evolved into an informal apprenticeship.

I now live and make jewelry in Cortland, NY.