Since their worldwide debut at the 2007 Catalog in Motion Show, Fretz Hammers have become a staple of the industry, and the hammer of choice for those who are doing traditional forming on a jewelry-sized scale. Thousands of Fretz Hammers are out in the world now, each of them with 420 stainless heads, oil-finished padauk handles, and a perfect, almost magical balance in the hand when you pick them up. And all of those many hammers can trace their roots back to this one: the very first Fretz Hammer.
Today’s “Influencers in Jewelry Design” post is the second in a series that celebrates the most influential and important shapers of contemporary jewelry design. This time, Marlene Richey spotlights the profound influence of pioneering jewelry designer Ramona Solberg, who is considered to be the grandmother of Northwest found-art jewelry. Learn more about Ramona and then join the conversation—we want to hear your jewelry Influencer stories!
What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest. It’s your chance to submit a picture and a description of what’s on your bench right now. This month’s winner, Kharisma Ryantori Sommers, has her work in the spotlight and October’s contest has officially begun—show us what’s on your bench for a chance to win a $20 Rio credit!
Go behind the scenes and hear the stories of two more of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award winners. Aleksandr Maryaskin and Sue Aygarn-Kowalski took top honors in the Hollowware/Art Objects category and we spent some quality time getting to know each of them and share what we found in this post at The Studio.
What does it take to be a WILDLY successful seller on Etsy? We wanted to know, so we asked Chuck Domitrovich of Down to the Wire Designs how he does it. Chuck shared five simple and effective suggestions that will help you make the most of your online selling experience!
This inaugural “Influencers” post launches a series of articles, here on The Studio, that celebrate the most influential and important shapers of contemporary jewelry design. On a recurring basis, Marlene Richey will spotlight the story of an important influencer and she invites YOU to join the conversation! Share your unique perspective on the designer she spotlights and then tell us the story of those individuals in the jewelry world who have had the greatest impact on you as a jewelry artist!
The Studio is delighted to introduce you to our Saul Bell Design Award winners…one category at a time! Today’s featured winner, Aneka Hausmann, placed in the Emerging Jewelry Artist category. Take a look to learn more about what makes this exceptional young artist tick and then check back in the coming weeks to see in-depth spotlights on more of our winners!
A jeweler in West Africa will typically own a hammer, pliers or tweezers, and a few other odds and ends that they keep in a hand-made toolbox. They must rely on their ingenuity because commercial tools are rarely available. The Toolbox Initiative aims to address this imbalance. Jewelers and teachers Tim McCreight and Matthieu Cheminée formed The Toolbox Initiative to assist the metalsmithing community in West Africa and to recognize them for their kindness and generosity during the research for the book, Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa.
Annie Koenig won second place in the gold/platinum category of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition. She documented her artistic journey on her website and we’ve shared her story here in a four-part series. Today you can read the final chapter, about how she put the details and finishing touches on her award-winning piece and then celebrated by attending the awards ceremony. Read Annie’s wonderful story and then challenge yourself by entering the 2015 Saul Bell Design Award competition!