NORMILY – A Blended Jewelry
Norman and Emily Morgan have been married for over 30 years and reside in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama (AL), after completing careers working for the Department of Defense. Emily as an Army and Air Force Civilian, and Norman as an Army soldier for twenty years and almost ten years as an Army Civilian.
Norman’s interest in drawing and woodworking began in middle school. Pursuing his artistic interests, he studied Commercial Art and Advertising Design in Halifax, NC. He entered the Army as a Self-Propelled Field Artillery Systems Mechanic. He deployed to Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After retiring from the Army at Fort Hood, Texas in 2003, he went back to work for the Army in 2004 until 2014. He spent two tours in Afghanistan totaling six years as an Army Civilian. Upon returning from Afghanistan in 2014, he and Emily retired from government service and relocated to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Lake Lure, North Carolina. In 2017, they returned to the Huntsville area, to be closer to grandchildren, and now reside in Owens Cross Roads.
Throughout their lives together, Norman and Emily have used their artistic abilities to remodel and sell several homes. Upon retiring, they decided to pursue something that would utilize their artistic and design abilities. They started taking classes in jewelry making at The Mountain Metalsmiths School of Jewelry, and found they enjoyed this activity. Norman became interested in the art of chase and repousse’. This art form uses hammers and punches to move metal into a design, by repousse’ (raising) and chasing (pushing) of the metal. He trained with El Maestro (Master) Fabrizio Aquafresca of Florence, Italy and excels at this art form. He uses it to create bracelets, pendants and earrings.
Emily creates many beautiful and unique designs. She is often told her style is retro or boho. The seventies definitely influences her style and love for colors. Together they are dedicated to creating beautiful and quality pieces of jewelry that will be enjoyed for years.