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November 10, 2016

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New Orleans metal artist Thomas Man is best known for his techno-romantic line of jewelry, which mixes materials and often tells a story.

The artist/designer: Born, in Allentown, PA., Mann was introduced to metalsmithing in a high school jewelry making class and later earned a degree in technical theater (set design and lighting) from East Stroudsburg University. Largely self-taught, the metal artist has lived and worked in New Orleans since 1988.

The main goods: Jewelry and home accessories, including sculpture, mirrors and clocks.

What’s popular: The “Heartbox” collection includes earrings ($200), necklaces ($130) and bracelets ($160). It features a red crystal heart loose in a sterling silver box, mixed with other tiny “found objects,” such as glass balls and brass dice.

Fun (or unusual) request: Asked to design a yad for a family. A yad is a Jewish ritual pointer that is used to follow the text while reading the Torah.

Where to buy:  www.thomasmann.com or the Thomas Mann Gallery in New Orleans. In Atlanta, at the Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show Nov. 11-3 at the Carter Center.

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