Metalsmith, educator, and writer Andy Cooperman works from his Seattle studio where he builds jewelry and objects for exhibitions and private clients. His work and writing has appeared in blogs, magazines and books, and is held in private and public collections, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Central College in Pella Iowa, and the […]

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Trends: Inspiration & Design: Symmetry

Inspiration is often the initial spark and certainly a large part of the creative process, such as Betty Stephen’s Barcelona (shown above). There is an underlying unity in the kaleidoscopic patterns of the natural world. Some call these patterns sacred geometry; I call them nature’s underlying intelligence. They are hard to ignore once you start […]

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Beadwork Designer of the Year 2011, Sherry Serafini, lectures and teaches classes around the world. Named one of the top ten instructors in the United States by Bead & Button magazine, Sherry owns Serafini Beaded Jewelry, which features her unique bead embroidery designs. In this interview, Sherry shares her own experiences as a bead artist, […]

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We have all heard of the “statement necklace”–massive bibs full of beads, sparkle, chain, and charm. Now, among current jewelry trends is the “statement pendant.” For spring and summer, pendants of all shapes, sizes, and configurations of materials, on very long strands of beads, chains, or leather cords, such as the pendant below, by Betty […]

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There’s nothing new under the sun, most will tell you. But in jewelry trends and jewelry design, sometimes certain styles reappear more vividly, capturing many imaginations along the way. ABOVE: openwork brooch by Suzanne Williams. Hot Jewelry Trends: Openwork One of the most popular jewelry trends at the Tucson gem shows this season, especially by […]

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Inspiration can come from just about anywhere. No one knows that better than bead artist Nancy Cain, Beadwork Designer of the Year 2010. She teaches classes all over the world on structural beading, finding her inspiration from the color palettes in nature and in science and mathematical occurrences. In this interview, learn more about her […]

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Finding your medium as a jewelry artist can sometimes take years of trial and error. For Suzanne Williams, owner of Suzanne Williams Jewelry, it took many mediums and several years to discover she was meant to work with metal and create art jewelry. Here’s more about her journey and the advice she gives to any […]

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Metalworking can be an exciting, but challenging art to start on your own. There are several different techniques to learn and finding your way through can be difficult, but is ultimately worth it. Find out how jewelry artist Gwen Youngblood, owner of Metal Art Lab and creator of Riveting Essentials tool set, found her passion […]

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Jewelry Artist Brenda Meintz Schweder is not only a jewelry designer but also the inventor of Now That’s a Jig! and Now That’s a Pliers. As Artist of the Year for Step-by-Step Wire in 2015, Brenda has continued to inspire jewelry artists around the world, frequently appearing on Beads, Baubles, and Jewels and in other […]

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While many makers dream of turning their hobby into a career, it isn’t for everyone. Lesley McKeown, owner of Lesley Aine McKeown American Studio Art Jewelry, explains her own experience as a professional jewelry artist and the joys and difficulties associated with being a full-time artist. Q: Can you please describe yourself and your work? […]

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