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Pendant Necklace
Branch Double Loop, Sterling Silver, with labradorite Pendant
Pendant Necklace
Abacus Shield
Earrings
Closed Loop Abacus Earrings

Yuka Suga

Describe your first experience with metalsmithing. I have been making jewelry since I was in grade school.  I started off using beads, sequins, clay, and Shrinky Dinks.  (Funny how Shrinky Dinks are popular again…)  In middle school and high school, there was a 3D studio in the art department.  Once I  learned about lost wax casting (small sculpture pieces in bronze) and soldering, I discovered that metals connected ideas that I had with bringing them into form in a way that felt far more natural than other media.

Who in the metalsmithing or art world has inspired you the most?  Such an unfair question!  I started off in metals (way back in the day) with Heikki Seppa when I was at Wash U. and did so much coursework there with him, so I really couldn’t credit anyone else in particular.

What are you working on currently?   ?     I have been preoccupied in contemplating the role of art and artists during this time of disconnect and stress, and exploring other avenues of self-expression, connection, and community.  Currently there is limited access to the community studio due to COVID-19 restrictions, so in terms of metals, I have been putting a new lens on the basics of forming, cold connections, and niobium. Nothing like having to think outside the box by staying in and staying safe!

What’s your favorite metalsmith technique?  It’s hard to choose a favorite, with each metal having it’s own unique qualities that inspire certain techniques…  I started off learning forming in college, so I suppose I would have to say that it is something that I keep returning to even if branch out along another avenue for a while…

Butterfly
Swan
Lavender Variscite & Silver Swan Pendant Necklace
Jellyfish

Laurie Van Mondfrans

Laurie has been an artist since childhood. She had an early career as a graphic designer. After 25 years of working on a computer, Laurie needed to work with her hands. After moving to St. Louis she started studying metalsmithing and we like the results.

Describe your first experience with metalsmithing. Enamels in middle school.

Who in the metalsmithing or art world has inspired you the most?  Gustav Klimt

What are you working on currently?   Swans, jellyfish & butterflies

What’s your favorite metalsmith technique?  Fusing Argentium Silver

CORN- Fuel For Life
Take Me With You
Citrus Brooches

Kelly Miller

Describe your first experience with metalsmithing. . I was born to make things. My parents and teachers were always very supportive of me and my art endeavors. Can you believe my high school guidance counselor was going to let me enroll in college as a nurse? But My first metalsmithing experience was with my intro professor Sondra Sherman at SCAD.

Who in the metalsmithing or art world has inspired you the most?  I adore glossy, pop culture and vintage printed advertisements, filled with oversaturated colors and idealism. Television info-commercials allow me to connect with humor that I bring to the work. Pop art painters Warhol, Lichtenstein and Wesselemann. Claes Oldenburg and his public everyday object sculptures are exceptionally amazing.

What are you working on currently?   A remake of a surfer from a tin beer can, with faux bone, it is an oversized one of a kind bracelet.

What’s your favorite metalsmith technique?  Vitreous Enameling

Liberty is Fagile
The Hound and the Hare
The Steampunk Deep Sea

Julia Maret

Describe your first experience with metalsmithing. In 2017 my husband gifted me a trip to the 2018 Gem and Fossil show in Arizona, where I took my first soldering and enameling class. I was hooked in an instant. Since then I have taken many workshops and classes to improve.

Who in the metalsmithing or art world has inspired you the most? I love Fabrizio Acquafresca’s chasing and repoussé work. The detail is amazing and watching him work you get the impression he is working with wet clay and not metal. There are a number of metalsmiths local to St. Louis that I greatly admire. I love to witness an artist developing their own unique voice.

What are you working on currently? I am learning chasing and repoussé taking Fabrizio Acquafresca classes. I love this ancient technique of shaping and forming metal. It is very therapeutic to use the hammer to release stress and anxiety, while creating beautiful images with the chisels. Currently I am working on gingko leaves.

What’s your favorite metalsmith technique?  I use antique impression dies and a 20 ton hydraulic press to create impressions. Since I am not using lead for these pressings the process is a little more involved and takes longer. The impressions are combined with other elements, cabochons, or hand fabricated metal parts to weave a story. I hope to be able to combine impressions and chasing and repoussé to advance my story telling abilities.

Pendant Necklace
Ring
Bracelet Cuff

Wendy McCoy

Describe your first experience with metalsmithing. . I was taking classes at Maryville University thinking I wanted to become a graphic designer. I took an elective class in metals taught by Sherri Jaudes. Working in this medium was like creating small sculpture (wearable!) and I just fell in love.

Who in the metalsmithing or art world has inspired you the most?  I am a firm believer in continuing to learn. I have had the opportunity to take a few workshops taught by some amazing artists/craftspeople and every one of those have been inspiring. Andy Cooperman, Sherri Jaudes, Eric Burris just to name a few. I also found YouTube to be a wealth of knowledge and inspiration on topics as varied as working in acrylic to discovering new patinas for metal.

What are you working on currently?   I am working to expand the lines of jewelry I have recently created and also learning to work with 14 k gold filled metal.

What’s your favorite metalsmith technique?  I absolutely love fabrication. Anything that adds dimension and texture and using cold connections. I want to learn more about stones and stone setting.

Snake Cairn
Fordite Cuff
Blood Stone set in Silver.
Not A Human Bone

Noel Leicht

Describe your first experience with metalsmithing.

Age 10: an 18-inch trumpeting Christmas angel made from rolls of picture hanging wire. 

Age 20: Copper wire sculpted head (with tinkling brain glass shards) for Simmons College art appreciation class project. 

Age 35: First of two fourth grade wire sculpture projects at my children’s school.  

Age 55: Began Saturday metalsmithing classes at Craft Alliance with Joe Muench,  presently metals professor at Iowa State University at Ames.

Age 57: Rented my first space for Noliware Studio.

Age 59: Sold my first major narrative, “Flood of ’93”.

Who in the metalsmithing or art world has inspired you the most?  Joe Muench opened the door to my narrative bent one day when he said to me, “Strong opinions make strong art.”

What are you working on currently?   Commissions, Gorget neckpieces, kids’ doodlepins, Fordite, silver “sketches,” whatever comes to mind.

What’s your favorite metalsmith technique?  Designing and fabricating clients’ stories in metal; then thinking and solving the challenges to complete each piece.

Native American Quote Book
Radraksha Necklace
Hand Bound Book

Lisa Koenig

Describe your first experience with metalsmithing. I had always worked with fiber and clay and never considered metal. I was in a Borders bookstore and came across a book on metal clay. “What is this?” I say! I searched for a class locally which turned out to be at Glasshoppers, and that opened the door to metals, glass, beadweaving and more and an amazing group of artists! I’m so glad I came across that book! Wow, that was 15 years ago!

Who in the metalsmithing or art world has inspired you the most? I have been inspired by many local metalsmith art instructors – Kathy Craddock, Michael Parrett, Paulette Myers, Bev Baker, Leigh Roberts, MariBeth Meyer, Kathryn Bowman and learned via the Midwest Metalsmith Workshops – Sherri Jaudes, Michael Good, Alison Antelman and more!

What are you working on currently?  I am working on more mixed media handmade books!

What’s your favorite metalsmith technique?  I love integrating my photographs into copper by etching and adding texture with other media.

Inlay Pendant
Pendant Necklace
Blood Stone set in Silver.
Bracelet
Elements created from vintage silver plated tray, copper and sterling silver

Barb Hueting

Describe your first experience with metalsmithing. Two decades ago, I wanted to create jewelry using scrap copper and other metal that I had accumulated. I liked the idea of turning scrap metal into art, so I purchased tools from local hardware and craft stores and started experimenting with creating textures and fold forming.

Who in the metalsmithing or art world has inspired you the most?  My artist and designer friends inspire me. Seeing their wonderful creations inspires me to try new techniques. They have encouraged me to work with various metalsmith tools and equipment that allow me to be more creative.

What are you working on currently?   I am working with copper, sterling, and vintage silver plated trays. I've been experimenting with soldering vintage silver tray pieces to copper to achieve a layered look and then applying enamel or stones.

What’s your favorite metalsmith technique?  I like using my torch.

Sterling Choker Necklace
Sterling Earrings
Pendant Necklace

Catherine Geyer

Describe your first experience with metalsmithing. While I’ve always been happily obsessed with jewelry, I had a boyfriend in college who changed his major and decided to get an MFA in metalsmithing.  I watched him develop as an artist and craftsman, go through school, and do all the things I do today (and more). Oddly enough, it never once occurred to me to try it myself. I thought I was supposed to be majoring in business. Fast forward about 20 years and it all started coming together and it hit me.  I finally got it and it’s still a happy obsession but now I have the opportunity to make it.

Who in the metalsmithing or art world has inspired you the most?  Zaha Hadid just amazes me both in her architecture and jewelry.  What an incredible, it’s so sad she’s no longer with us. Alexander Calder, Art Smith, Vina Rust, Atelier Zoebel, antiquities, Asian design to name more than a few.

What are you working on currently?   Orders, but my next project will be an architectural floorplan of an Italian Villa in silver.  Wish me luck!

What’s your favorite metalsmith technique?  There are many to love but my favorite is cuttlebone casting.  I don’t get to do as much as I’d like due to torch capabilities but I love the wavy texture of it.

Leaf Earrings
Sterling Silver
Tea Pot
Hand raised sterling silver tea pot with tree frog and lily blossom.
Pendant Necklace
Chased and repoussé Stink Bug with Topaz.

Genevieve Flynn

Describe your first experience with metalsmithing. I had just graduated from high school and moved back to Kansas City not knowing anyone.  I found that UMKC offered a newspaper full of different types of classes in anything you could think of.  There was a silversmithing class for one night, I took the class and made my first pendant in silver.  A truly ugly piece sweat soldered together.   I still have the pendant and it hangs on my studio wall next to my bench.  A reminder of where I started and how far I have come.  That was over 40 years ago and I have never looked back.

Who in the metalsmithing or art world has inspired you the most?  The art nouveau and victorian eras heavily influence my designs.  As for artist I admire John Paul Miller, a goldsmith and fantastic granulation artist.

What are you working on currently?   Fine silver botanical repoussé pieces to be used as lids on pâte de verre dresser containers

What’s your favorite metalsmith technique?  Chasing & Repoussé

Three Tourmaline Pendant/Brooch
Bimetal Cuffs
Chalcedony & Druzy Brooch

Deborah Daher

Describe your first experience with metalsmithing. As a young girl, I worked retail in my mother's fabric shop and met a lovely woman named Gwen Springett. She was a custom jeweler who had learned by taking adult education classes at Washington University. She taught classes in her home, and when I was 28 I started with her.

Who in the metalsmithing or art world has inspired you the most?  Most of my art inspirations came from ceramic artists and painters, my first areas of study. I spent my first eight years as a functional potter and also an award winning painter. Japanese design sensibility has also had a large influence on my work, along with texture in nature and industrial surfaces . . . pretty much every where I turn, I see something of great beauty and interest.

What are you working on currently? An Ethiopian opal and black Tahitian pearl piece and several freshwater pearl strand necklaces and pendants for a collector.

What’s your favorite metalsmith technique?  Not sure I have a favorite. Am loving anticlastic raising, and always play with texture and edges. My pieces undulate and flow. I approach metal the way I did clay, as a supple and sensual material.
 

Kathryn Bowman

Kathryn's Art Jewelry is a combination of metalwork and beadwork. The metalwork may quietly repeat an element of the beadwork or be the center of attention with the beadwork playing a supporting role, but always a harmony is struck between the two.

Describe your first experience with metalsmithing. Creating doll furniture with wire at my Dad's workbench when I was a kid.

Who in the metalsmithing or art world has inspired you the most?  There are too many to list here and I am fortunate to personally know many inspiring metal artists. I've had the great gift of traveling and am always popping into a museum along the way and never leave without being inspired by great art and artists past and present.

What are you working on currently?   Applying Prismacolor Pencil to copper and production work to fill orders.

What’s your favorite metalsmith technique?  Chasing, Repousse', Forming, and the use of Prismacolor Pencils on metal.

Daisy Patch
Daisy Chain
Lavender Variscite & Silver Swan Pendant Necklace
Dos Daisies
Sterling Silver Earrings cut in a flower shape. The flower centers are black spinel stone.
Tiger Eye Pendant
Tiger Eye set in Sterling Silver
Ring Trio
InLay and Spinner Rings
Black Onyx Pendant
Black Onyx & Reticulated Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace

Ron Perisho

Describe your first experience with metalsmithing. After I retired, I took a course “Jewelry and Metalsmithing” and was hooked.  I continued to take this course to learn multiple media’s and improve skills. 

Who in the metalsmithing or art world has inspired you the most?  Kevin Lin and other classmates.

What are you working on currently?   Inlaying sterling silver – Rings, Pendants, Bracelets, Earrings

What’s your favorite metalsmith technique?  Inlaying (self taught), setting stone, texturing, broom casting, soldering

Copper Pendant
Chased and repoussé Stink Bug with Topaz.
Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Sterling Silver
Copper Pendant
Hand raised sterling silver tea pot with tree frog and lily blossom.

Nancy Pierson

Describe your first experience with metalsmithing. I had just moved to St. Louis. I decided to take an adult education class in beginning metalsmithing. We met in the basement of University City High School. We huddled around a large stump with our propane torches, Yikes. I made an overlay cuff bracelet inspired by Native American silver jewelry.

Who in the metalsmithing or art world has inspired you the most?   I have been inspired by many people, but it was Joe Muench, my first metals teacher at Craft Alliance, who instilled in me a love of working in metals.

What are you working on currently?   ? Working on pieces that incorporate photographs and found objects related to important and dear people in my life.  Pieces that honor and remember the people I have loved and lost.

What’s your favorite metalsmith technique?  I like anything method that creates texture: forging, etching, roll printing.

Anna Ourth

Pendant
Sterling Silver Pendant
Pendant
Sterling Silver Pendant
Pendant
Sterling Silver Pendant

Discribe your first experience with metalsmithing. I had always been very creative as a child but didn't make the time as an adult.  After going through a difficult time because of a miscarriage, I decided I needed to add creativity back into my life.  I somehow discovered the Beaducation website and the videos they offered and got myself a little butane torch and began torching at my kitchen table.  I was a teacher at the time and my fellow teachers played a huge role in encouraging me to make and sell jewelry.

Who in the metalsmithing or art world has inspired you the most?  Ananda Khalsa is a big inspiration to me.  I love both her stone setting and her miniature drawings.

What are you working on currently?   ?  I have always been inspired by nature and love creating with flowers and leaves and lately I have been very inspired by the Art Nouveau style.

What’s your favorite metalsmith technique?  I love setting stones.  Adding the stones at the end of the creation process brings the pieces to life!

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