5 Oaks Studio is aptly named for the 5 towering white pines located on the Texas property of artist Kelly Noonan. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas, she apprenticed in California under Master Caster Cynthia Thomas, then continued studying and honing her craft for the next decade. After a 10 year hiatus from jewelry making, during which time she attended The University of Texas and worked in the corporate world, she’s returned now to designing jewelry.
With a deep respect for earth she started her Isosceles series, which embraces the four elements that are so influential to her. “In the first installation of the series, The Elements, I wanted to utilize a pictorial language that expresses a deep appreciation and respect for the foundation of creation, earth, fire, water, and air. Nature cannot be improved upon, but I can capture a sense of the astonishing beauty and grandeur. The designs are a statement that I am in love with the natural world.”
Her luminous series was inspired by a dream and Stark’s Heart was created for her great nephew who suffers from a heart defect. The proceeds from the pendant go towards his medical expenses and to the March of Dimes. Kelly’s pieces range from $55-120 and can be purchased directly on her website: 5 Oaks Studio.
Halstead awards a business grant to a new jewelry designer in the bridge segment each summer. The grant awards $6,000 in start-up capital and merchandise to a new design company. If you are starting a new jewelry design business, please check out the 2015 jewelry grant application and eligibility details.