In the early seventies, Wayne Keeth started using small pieces of cactus skeletons in His castings. Yet, it wasn’t until the early nineties when, at Northern Arizona University, that he started casting orchids and insects. Wayne was immediately hooked and have been perfecting the process ever since. He and his wife grow most of the orchids and other exotic flowers in their greenhouse which satisfies their love for growing beautiful plants and flowers as well as allowing him to select the blooms at the peak of their beauty for casting. It is so exciting to see the blooms in silver or gold and incorporate them into pieces of jewelry or sculptures to share the beauty of God’s creation with others.
In 2008, Way and his wife moved to Hawaii to fulfill a lifelong dream and have begun to once again create the art that he loves. Wayne’s work is elegant but still can be used for everyday wear.
My love for flowers was encouraged from birth by my paternal grandmother Viola Goodwin Keeth. Her yard was always full of flowering succulents and exotic cacti with exquisite blooms. Every time we visited her from as early as I can remember she would send me home with cuttings from her plants.