Jewelry by Brett
Since graduating college she has studied under various jewelry artists and metalsmiths and has attended numerous workshops to finesse her craft. She’s currently teaching enameling courses at 3rd Ward Philly, Abington Art Center and Main Line Art Center all located in Pennsylvania.
She resides in New Jersey and her passions include writing, sketching, baking and of course, jewelry designing. Her pieces online range from $95 – $430. and can be bought at Nicolette Absil Jewelry, at fine galleries along the East Coast and she’ll be at the upcoming Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Fine Craft Fair in Lancaster, PA on November 9 & 10.
Nicolette also placed as a finalist in the 2015 Halstead Grant competition.
He’s also added a Plant Stone series. Using ancient alchemic techniques, John and his team take plant material and turn them into stone. The process is a trade secret that took 5 years to learn. The team creates these pieces by request only for custom orders.
You can view all of his retail collections on his website.
Naomi Grace McNeill
Naomi favors using traditional metalsmithing techniques, forming, forging, filing and soldering, to create her designs. “My goal is to encourage a conversation that goes beyond the beauty of light, shadow, and negative space; so that we can simply live to appreciate these things for generations to come.”
Her jewelry can be purchased online, with prices ranging from $50 – $3000, or in fine shops and galleries throughout New England.
“What began with a love of the end result ended with a love for the process.”
When Duchess was able to take her first jewelry-making class, the years she spent dreaming of her own studio finally became a reality.
“I got over being afraid of using fire and breaking saw blades. I learned how to make soldered joins and jump rings. I began to get a feel for the metal.”
“I realized that I enjoyed every moment spent on my line; from hammering metal to budgeting to picking out business cards.”
Duchess Leigh uses mainly silver, brass and gemstones in her designs. You can follow her creative process on her Facebook page and her work can be purchased on Etsy with prices ranging from $15 to $105.
Duchess Leigh also placed as a finalist in the 2014 Halstead Grant competition.
Lancaster, PA resident, artist and silversmith Sara Gallo, is still fresh out of college and it’s remarkable how much she’s accomplished in just a few short years. She graduated in 2011 from Millersville University, PA where she received degrees in both Fine Art and Art Education. Since graduation she has exhibited her work in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, has been a finalist in the Niche Awards and already retails her jewelry in stores and boutiques in Japan, Canada, Bahamas and across the United States.
Sara says, “I aim to manipulate viewers of my work into reacting with hysterical laughter, discussing their feelings and sharing stories with each other. I utilize the formal qualities of art to camouflage the materials I use and emphasize the unique form of each piece. I enjoy creating an experience for viewers and hope to ignite a feeling of nostalgia, but also inspire them to share with others.”
Sara Gallo also placed as a finalist in the 2014 Halstead Grant competition.
Little Miss Pepper Designs
“Little Miss Pepper Designs is based in the sentiment of expression. I wanted to create designs that express our love for our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, husbands, dads, and friends. My customized, hand- stamped jewelry gives you the opportunity to show the world the joy that love has given you. Wear your love every day!”
After losing her father and a close friend to cancer, Stacey donates 5% of all of her proceeds to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. You can find Little Miss Pepper Designs on Facebook and Etsy, with prices ranging from $9 – $175.
Finding her niche in the jewelry world fairly quickly, Amber Harrison is off and running! 2012 was a huge year for Amber. First she graduated with a BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. Then she opened the Amber D. Harrison Studio. And followed that with the debut of her first wearable jewelry collection, Bittersweet Adornment: Tasting & Memories. Now she tops this off with becoming a finalist in the 2013 Halstead Grant.
“Amber’s goal is to create work within the contemporary art jewelry context, and forge it with the everyday life for those who would otherwise be hesitant of art. She feels there is an untapped space between what is shown on gallery walls, and what is often sold in gallery gift stores. This space is where she believes her work fits, and where she hopes to develop accessibility and enthusiasm for the curious viewers.”
Since 2012 Amber Harrison has shown in several juried art fairs and exhibitions including Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Holiday Store in Birmingham, MI and Molten: A Glass & Metals Show at the Kavanagh Gallery in St. Charles, IL where she received a Ribbon of Merit. She now has several jewelry lines on her website and has collaborated with Optik Birmingham to create a new Eyewear Collection.
Symbology by Alice Scott
“Each piece is meant to help each person who wears it feel connected to something mysterious, ancient, and bigger than herself.”
Meet the winner of the 2013 Halstead Grant, Rebecca Rose of Sculpturings.
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