Christopher Taylor Timberlake creates jewelry that is inspired by the natural world and a scientist’s understanding of it. He looks to both geology and biology for charts, graphs, and maps of this world around us. He looks to the skyline of the city, to animal vertebrae, and to the bone of a cephalopod.
Timberlake's techniques range from sterling silver cuttlefish casting, to lost-wax casting, to metal fabrication of silver, gold, and platinum. In another process of fabrication he builds a layered metal known as mokumé gane, meaning wood-grain metal in Japanese. It is an ancient technique of metal layering first used to work varied alloyed steel into mokumé swords. Before anything else, however, he approaches a piece of jewelry with an intense, almost obsessive, fascination with gemstones and their origins.
An interest in jewelry began on Timberlake's family’s annual summer cross-country camping trips. His parents are both scientists, and his father, an amateur fossil hunter. As Christoper discovered the fossilized remains of ancient plant and animal life, he also turned up rocks and uncovered roadside outcroppings like buried treasure.
Throughout his life Christopher Timberlake has kept jewelry as a constant outlet of expression because of the endless possibilities in designing the reaction between humanity and nature, a world that surrounds and imbues us.