Mexican artisan Adria Gutierrez-Concannon describes her sterling silver fused glass jewelry as blocks in a Mayan pyramid – but with crimson, cyan, and chartreuse distinctive of the Hispanic palette. While she currently lives with her husband in St. Louis, MO – Gutierrez-Concannon started her business of “Glass Silver Jewelry” 10 years ago. The venture stems from her prior jewelry-making experiences, an artistic heritage, and tricks of the trade she learned from living in Milan, Italy. Adria attributes most of her inspiration to her father, an architect in her hometown of Mexico City.
Ben Orron began making wire jewelry in 2005 while living in Vermont. In 2008, he moved to Colorado and started Organic Mechanics Jewelry, Ltd. In his studio in the heart of the RiNo Arts District, Ben and his team of apprentices hand make high-end custom one-of-a-kind pieces, letting the wire they work with inspire their designs with each creation. Ben has been published in the March 2010 Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine, he won the RAW Artists “Accessory Designer of the Year” 2012, and was a finalist in the 2013 Fire Mountain Beads – Metal Jewelry contest. Ben is looking forward to introducing new production lines with his apprentices, as well as some large, high end pieces in the near future.
“Memories are what I hope to create with my jewelry designs.” Brendan grew up near Buffalo, NY and graduated from Miami University in Ohio, before moving to Colorado and falling in love with the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. He spent 26 years as a Master Jeweler, creating jewelry for the Golden Bear in Vail, specializing in Pavé diamond setting. A lifetime love of art, nature and music have manifested into his line of jewelry featuring gemstones and diamonds set in Sterling Silver and 14K Gold. His goal is to create unique high quality jewelry that is affordable. “I am in the smile business – making the world a happier place, one piece of jewelry at a time!”
In 2006, Candice discovered metalsmithing by chance. During what should have been her last semester of school, Candice needed an extra class to fill her schedule. Metalsmithing fit the available time, so she signed up. Candice ended up loving it so much she spent 2 more years learning the art, and graduated with a BFA in Metalsmithing. Using traditional Metalsmithing techniques, she creates each piece individually from start to finish, thus allowing every design to be unique. Each item starts out as wire and sheet metal that is then cut, formed, soldered, and finished by hand. Candice’s pieces are inspired by a combination of minimalist and modern design with the beautiful and decorative touches of art nouveau. Her pieces are designed to be beautiful and feminine, but simple enough for everyday enjoyment.
In 1983, Daniel studied fine jewelry design and production at the “Escola d’Arta I Oficis” in Barcelona, Spain. Shortly after completing his studies, he began working in a fine jewelry workshop under a renowned international designer where he received intensive training for 7 years as a goldsmith, silversmith, and jewelry designer. Daniel established himself as a freelance jewelry maker and designer in 1990. He began to create original and unique pieces, as well as developing several new jewelry techniques and practices. In 1996 he joined forces with Sergi Cardona and launched his first fine jewelry collection which featured exotic and very exclusive gemstones. He has since won several international awards for creativity and craftsmanship. Daniel prefers to design from things he sees in nature, giving many of his works a uniquely familiar organic flair.
David’s jewelry production began years ago when a new gallery put out the call for artists and he wished to participate. Much of his graduate metalwork at The University of Iowa was sculptural, so he started by making sterling silver jewelry using sculptural influences. David designed bracelets that emphasized structural form and component fabrication systems rather than embellishment and precious stones. He wanted his bracelet designs to enhance each individual’s wrist with a unique visual statement, and to be attractive on both women and men. His instincts must have been right because now, over thirty years later, people still appreciate his solid wrought jewelry. It is a concept that never seems to go out of style. David still makes metal sculpture and he has completed several commissions for Iowa’s Art In State Buildings Program. Unlike his jewelry, David’s sculpture has evolved to become extremely textural and embellished. Instead of enhancing the body like his jewelry designs do, his sculptures enhance their architectural setting.
In designing jewelry, Ellen seeks to express that place within that is passionate and truly at peace. Working in her studio with her tools and inherited art gene, she often becomes wrapped up in the creative vortex of mixing metals with colored gemstones. She often loses sense of time, and when she emerges it is as if some other force has taken over. Ellen strives to create jewelry that is meaningful to the eyes of all whom come in contact with the piece, and brings joy to the person wearing it as well. She designs one-of-a-kind pieces honoring the unique materials themselves and all sentient beings. Her favorite stones are tanzanites, tourmalines and garnets. Ellen’s goal is to create visually interesting textures in pieces, and for all of her jewelry to be unique wearable works of art.
Gary Henderson, born in Havre, Montana in 1972, is the first born son of Air Force parents. After living around our country and in Japan growing up, he finally settled in Moab, Utah in 2001. He started learning about rocks and geology with his grandfather in the 1980’s and began silversmithing in 2008. What started as a way to make shiny frames for fabulous rocks has evolved into a metal-melting obsession. Gary likes to spend time playing outside as much as possible, whether on Utah’s various rivers or wandering the desert. He starts most days baking the bread and bagels at Moab’s own Red Rock Bakery.
Nell Marie is a native of Colorado and is a third generation jeweler. She grew up in her grandparents and parents jewelry stores apprenticing under her mother. She has spent the past 10 years doing jewelry repair around Colorado, but in the last two years she has been pursuing her real passion of jewelry design. She started Nell Marie Jewelry Innovations in 2011 to create new and unconventional types of jewelry. She likes trying new setting techniques and incorporating different types of mediums. Her goal is to create jewelry that makes a statement or at least starts a conversation.
Nir focused much of his education in the arts and has been exploring various media including drawing, ceramics, and even food with a background in culinary. He first started working with metal in 2005 at the University of Central Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in fine arts emphasizing in metal and jewelry design. He specializes in Mokume Gane, an 18th century Japanese metals technique, which he researched and taught himself during his time at UCO. “Though designs can be replicated, the nature of the material (Mokume Gane) makes each piece absolutely unique.” The wood grain design displayed by the metal is what gives it its name in Japanese which literally translates to “eye of wood metal”.