Halstead Grant Top 5 Finalist LettersToSarah Metalsmithing is a meticulously-crafted jewelry line that reflects a passion for place and possibility. Artist Sarah Nemire makes each piece by hand in her Michigan studio.
Sarah says, “Fascinated by the cultural and social value of material culture, I love the power of adornment to define identity, inspire possibilities, empower action, and connect lives.”
She studied jewelry making at Western Michigan University and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art Education with an emphasis in Metals/Jewelry along with minors in Anthropology and Philosophy.
As an undergraduate art student, Sarah bought a copy of the book Craft, Inc. as a gift for her mother in hopes of inspiring her to open an Etsy shop.
She says, “I ended up reading the whole book from cover to cover before gifting it, and immediately bought myself a copy…I never convinced her to open a shop, but I did convince myself.”
Sarah has been making and selling her jewelry via Etsy since June 2013.
Sarah takes presentation of her finished work very seriously. Each customer’s purchase is wrapped with care in brand-consistent packaging. Thoughtful touches like hand-stamping and raffia bows complete the look.
She says, “I believe that objects have memories of their own, and take a part of me with them, that once they leave my hands they begin their own journeys.”
The Halstead Grant competition began in 2006 to inspire the pursuit of excellence in design and business practices in the jewelry arts community. Applicants must submit a design portfolio in addition to elements of a successful business plan including marketing strategy, production capacity and financial analysis.