Aaron always had a creative side, and loved exploring in music and art throughout his life. While attending his first years at university, Aaron had the privilege of living with David Delagardelle, a professional artist whose accomplishments include crafting Heimdall’s sword (the guardian of Asgard) for the movie Thor. David taught Aaron the importance of how to heat and form different types of metals, and gave Aaron his grandmother’s vintage sterling silverware set, sparking a passion for making quality spoon rings. To Aaron, understanding the history to each piece of silverware is important. He continues to expand his knowledge of silverware makers and the marks that identify each piece of cutlery. For him the process is, “Like taking a step back in time to visit the founders of Silversmithing.”
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 artisan 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.
“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 handmade 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.
Chris has been creating unique artisan jewelry for over 30 years, and selling in expos, fine galleries, & art shows in Colorado and Arizona. His work has been described as simply elegant, clean architectural, and classic. All of his pieces are completely hand fabricated with no casting, molding, etc. Chris considers himself to be a metal smith at heart, who enjoys the process of designing and building from basic materials. His focus is for cleanness of lines, consist texture, proportion and balance, all coupled with beautifully colored gems. Some of his recent design interests include using Meteorites; with a particular appeal to the brilliant Widmanstätten pattern that can only be created in the coldness of space. Mr. Makin’s designs are inspired by many things; the beauty of nature, a story that was just enjoyed, or simply contemplating the universe.
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 artisan 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.
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.
Mike Modlin has long held a fascination with gems. He began making jewelry in 2010 after attending a class at Indiana University. His initial goal was to make an engagement ring for his wife, Abigail. During the creation of this ring, Michael found more than just a passion for working with metal and stones; he found the magic of taking a blank piece of metal and transforming it. Each piece of handmade jewelry is a one-of-a-kind work of art. Every item is handmade, woven, & constructed over the course of several days – sometimes weeks. Mike Modlin Designs is a dedication to innovation. In addition to traditional jewelry construction, Mike specializes in wire-wrapping. The fusion of traditional jewelry with wire-weaving results in a truly unique style of jewelry; his precision and attention to detail gives each piece unmistakable elegance.
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 artisan jewelry that makes a statement or at least starts a conversation.