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Arizona Artist Series: Stefanie Dicker of Bezel and Brass Q & A

Sterling Silver Botswana Necklace

How did you get into metalsmithing?

Years ago, my grandma gave me her wedding ring and told me that I could reset the stones, if I wanted to do so. I felt that the best way to honor her, would be to learn how to reset the stones myself. Ironically, I no longer want to reset the stones. I cherish the memories that I have of her wearing that ring. I want to preserve the ring and the memories.

Sterling Silver and Brass Geometrical Earrings

What inspires you?

I'm very inspired by other cultures. Specifically, Native American and Hispanic cultures. I love the story, the spirit, the richness and the detail.



Bezel and Brass Silver Hoops with Brass Dangles

What is your design process?

 I tend to be a more methodical person, so, I'm not one to "wing it".  I almost always have a plan before I start working on a piece. Usually, I end up deviating or modifying somewhere along the way. That's the part of the process that I have a tricky relationship with. I don't like uncertainty, although, uncertainty can be our best teacher.

Bezel and Brass Silver Jasper Ring

What is your favorite tool and why?

 My favorite tool changes, depending on the pieces that I'm working on. Consistently, though, I love my rotary tool. The finishing process is cathartic for me.


Bezel and Brass Work Bench with various tools


What is on your bench right now?

I'm finishing up some chrysoprase earrings and starting a collection for a salon in Minnesota.

Bezel and Brass Silver Varasite Ring




Where can we find your work?
-Local Nomad on Camelback and Central, localnomadshop.com
-late spring/early summer at Mérite House of Beauty in Minnetonka, MN
-Etsy, bezelandbrass.etsy.com


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Arizona Artist Series: Susan of Wallace Chambers Design Q&A

sterling silver spiral ring


How did you get into metalsmithing?

I had an uncle who made a living as a watchmaker. He also had an interest in stones and made some jewelry. When I was in elementary school he would take me along to hunt for rubies, and on one occasion he bought me a handcrafted Sterling dogwood flower ring. I thought this was so amazing! Later on I became aware of art shows, and grasped the fact that I could actually make a living designing and making jewelry.


What inspires you?

I would have to say beauty. I relate to the fluid nature of metal, and am totally in love with the drama of fire. I find clarity in looking for design, and it is usually a subtle, very unplanned idea that starts my process.

csterling silver cuff



What is your design process?

Very simply, I make it up as I go along!


What is your favorite tool?

I like working with my foredom ..... the finishing process I find
rewarding as the piece is becoming a whole.

Sterling silver twisted pendant on black cord


What is on your bench right now?

 I have been working on silver earrings with raw sea
glass. I decided to make unbacked bezel setting, and still have finishing to accomplish
on them.

sea glass earrings, ring mandrel, projects in process

Do you have any upcoming shows? 

I just finished my season in the Seattle area, where I do a Farmers Market on Saturdays.
My current goal is to focus on my website, and host my own online shows.


Where else can we find your work? 
In Arizona I have work for sale at Taliesin West, in The Frank Lloyd Wright Store. In
Washington I am working on a collection for SAM, Seattle Art Museum for the
spring/summer 2019 season.

https://www.wallacechambersdesign.com/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/WallaceChambers?ref=search_shop_redirect


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Arizona Artist Series: Jen Lin of Hello Pecan Designs Q&A


Green Turquoise Shadow Box Ring


How did you get into metalsmithing?

I have always enjoyed learning and doing anything art and crafts related. I also admired all the pretty silver and turquoise jewelry out there, but had a hard time finding rings or cuffs that fit. I remember thinking maybe someday it would be cool to be able to make it myself. Two years ago, I was looking for a creative outlet to balance out my life and randomly searched the internets for a local metal-smithing class. I found Harold Studio, took the awesome Jewelry 1 class, and have been hooked ever since.  

What inspires you?
Lots of things - a lot of the times just looking at the stone itself sparks some idea for what it could become or what style would fit it best. I had lots of fun looking to nature and the National Parks for inspiration for several pieces. Sometimes running low on supplies (rarely happens right...) generates ideas. It ends up being a semi-fun challenge to see what I can try to create using what I have left until I can restock! 

Turquoise Shadow Box Ring

What is your design process?
I like when I can sit there with the stones I want to work with, along with whatever metal I happen to have on hand in front of me. I arrange things and mix and match all the pieces until I hit upon something that I like and want to wear myself. 

What is your favorite tool?
It's a toss up right now between the fresh stack of yellow bristle polishing discs and the buttery smooth metal file. 

What is on your bench right now? 
Currently on a ring kick and have a couple of different ones going on right now - some simple turquoise ones (my favorite), a few multi-stone rings, a Jasper one. Also finishing up an little cuff. 
Double Band Turquoise Ring

Do you have any upcoming shows? 

Annual Fall Festival of the Arts on October 28, Noon-4pm at the AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park, Tempe. 


Where else can we find your work? 
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Arizona Artist Series: Roy Benjamin Harlin of Rbenjeejewelry Q&A

How did you get into metalsmithing?
I was searching for an alternative creative outlet removed from the food world that I have spent my working career in.   I needed a new medium that still let me use my hands and tell a story, but without being edible. (ring)
Brass Flower Ring with two stones

What inspires you?
The natural world inspires me the most.  I look to the scenery around me for form and functionality.  Themes are important to me.  I like to set an idea and then open up the drawing books to let the creative juices flow.  I research botanical illustrations, animal anatomy, and maps to help ground my wandering mind. (earrings)

earrings with amazonite




What is your design process?
Draw, draw, draw.  I try to draw in my books daily, even if I feel that is not consistent with what I’m working with at the moment.  It helps me keep a log of what I was feeling at the moment.  I also make prototypes for myself that I can where out and see the response I receive.  The responses help me know if the piece is liked by the collective and not just myself. (earrings)

silver earrings with topaz stones

What is your favorite tool?
I’m currently obsessed with my soldering pick.  It can be a challenge at times, kinda like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time.  The benefits out way the juggling act with cleanliness on the piece.


What is on your bench right now? My bench is a bit of mess currently with some research and development happening. I will say that there is a strong presence of opal and rutilated quartz with silver and copper.


various tool, notepad and plants





Do you have any upcoming shows?
I’m doing a show at noons on September 22nd.  I will be showcasing the #MOTHER line.  It is focused on asymmetry, elements, and clean lines.

Where else can we find your work.
Currently you can find my idiot line in Tucson at Popcycle.  I will be at noons starting October.   I also sell custom on line at www.rbenjeejewelry.com
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Picture of the Day

This Ring was made by Michelle, probably a year ago.

blue, ring, silver, sterling silver


•Clean lines 

Michelle has a very Scandinavian aesthetic to her work that I love. At the same time she manages to make a lot of it rustic.

•Tube setting

She does a lot of her stone setting by tube setting faceted stones. There aren't too many cabochons in her work portfolio. 

This piece is enameled a dark color underneath, with a light blue faceted stone that is tube set on top. Love it! I love what she's been doing lately as well! She gave me a pair of earrings that remind me of one of my favorite  Ikea lamps. I'll have to share those soon with you all because they're just about one of my favorite things. Hopefully she'll be making more.
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Heart on Your Sleeve



This Heart on Your Sleeve cuff by Elizabeth Lyons uses fold forming and heat patina to create something that describes just what makes you happy. What a cool reminder of things we have to make us grateful throughout the day! So what would you put on your cuff? Mine would definitely have coffee. And maybe espresso too!

Liz is also an author and her most recent book is a wonderful read...even if you don't have kids!
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Gaera Design Studio



Gaera is the newest addition to the Harold Studio home, but she's been around since nearly the beginning after finding out about the studio while going to metal smithing school in Turkey. The product of two artists as parents, Gaera definitely has designing in the blood. She's been all around the globe and her travels definitely seem to be reflected in her jewelry design. You can see some of her work here and I'm sure these pieces will be on her site soon! What do you think?

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White Dog Studios


Michelle, of White Dog Studios made a fabulous ring a while back that I featured in this post. Everyone loved the ring so much, she decided to make earrings out of the same design. I was able to catch her this weekend after she finished making a pair to photograph them as well as another pendant.

Pretty and sleek: This pendant and earrings feature tube set stones. These are made out of sterling silver and have a brushed finish to them.


The earrings have champagne cz's set on both sides and have a lovely teardrop shape to them.

Checkout Michelle's shop for more pretty pieces!
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A Primitive Touch

Joesphine, the newest key member of Harold Studio has a laugh that is catching. She does a lot of research for her day job and makes jewelry to relax and enjoy doing something she loves. Here are a couple of pieces I snagged off her today:

This necklace has a clasp at the back with an extension which hangs down several inches.

These are some earrings which are mokume. Mokume stands for wood eye metal. This is Josephine's first attempt at mokume and they turned out pretty neat!

Last, these are some soon to be earrings using the technique of keum-boo.

Josephine makes everything without using electricity! She thinks her pieces have a primitive look to them. What do you think?
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Flower Party: A pendant made in open studio



Gaera made this lovely pendant at the studio last week. It's not in her shop yet, but her website gaera.com has some pretty hand sewn hair clips and bows as well as jewelry. Check it out and look for more jewelry to show up there soon!
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Picks of the Week!

We have a few beautiful pieces of jewelry at 10% off to anyone who mentions Harold Studio to the seller this week!
That's over $35 in savings!

First off is a Spinner Ring by Elizabeth Lyons Designs.

Next, we have a beautiful fold formed necklace by Chris at Cross Currents Studio
Silver and Stone earrings by Michelle at White Dog Studios

Finally, there are the classic pearl earrings by Ariel at Beni par Dieu

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Dara


Dara's been around the studio for longer than most and many people know her as the guru of all things jewelry. These are some amazing earrings she was sporting today that look sweet on. With a spiculum each and quirky silver balls at the end that remind me of foliage, these are some Dara originals for sure.


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Elizabeth Lyons Designs



Liz is an all around wonder woman and it's amazing to me where she finds any time to even make jewelry. She's a regular blogger and such a good writer that she can even draw me (an unmarried gal without kids) into a world about stories of parenting and the married life that are filled with hilarity and common sense. She has 3 books under her belt, is a public speaker, the creator behind Hold it Baby, and did I mention she has 5 kids? She started Elizabeth Lyons Designs in 2011 and it has been inspiring to have her in the studio. She has a very positive, get it done attitude that is a lesson in how to achieve a lot in life.

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Beni par Dieu

Ariel moved with her husband to Phoenix last year from Cut Off, Louisiana. She had been into jewelry making through beading and was getting a lot of requests for her great rosaries.

It didn't take long before Ariel wanted to branch out and so she decided to take our Jewelry I in May. She has been metalworking ever since! She's a joy to be around and uplifts the general mood of the studio whenever she's in.

Visit Ariel's shop Beni par Dieu to see more of what she has to offer!
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White Dog Studios


Michelle has a definite eye for color and it usually shows in her jewelry. She first became interested in jewelry making through bead work. Michelle took our Jewelry I class a few months ago and has been fabricating ever since. Her pieces usually feature clean lines with a twist and no matter what she makes, it will be in a beautiful hue. Right now, you can see her work on her etsy site White Dog Studios.




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Cross Currents Studio






This may be hard to believe, but Chris from Cross Currents Studio has only been making jewelry for the last 6 months. She has been an artist for many years and it definitely shows in her beautiful work. She took our Jewelry I course and has been making amazing pieces ever since. She has a show with the Arizona Art Alliance starting this week and will be at the gallery Friday, November 25th. If you're lucky, she may have some pieces left! She even has other jeweler's at the studio wanting to buy these.











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