Jennifer Dawes - Dawes Design

Jennifer Dawes - Dawes Design

"I love a lot of things, and one of them has always been metalsmithing. Ever since I first learned how to work with it, I knew that's what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I have experimented with just about every aspect of metal, from working in construction to goldsmithing, and the smaller the work got, the more intimate, refined, and rewarding it got."
Charlie Herner, Jeremy Dunn - The Rephinery

Charlie Herner, Jeremy Dunn - The Rephinery

Jewelry manufacturing is a hands-on process that holds immense appeal to us as craftsmen. The ability to develop and create new pieces each week keeps the tasks on hand feeling fresh and gives us valuable insight to the subtle nuances of the trade. Our craft grants us the personal gratification of increasing our skills and knowledge while keeping us thirsty for further discovery.
Julie Romanenko - Just Jules

Julie Romanenko - Just Jules

"I think the best part of being a bench jeweler is the ability to bring an idea to life. I feel so blessed to have found this career, where at the end of a productive day, I have something tangible to show for my efforts. It makes me feel sorry for the pencil pushers of the world!"

Lisa Des Camps

I have always loved jewelry -both collecting it and making it. When I was a teenager, I apprenticed every summer with the metalsmith in the town where I grew up. I learned all the basics of metalsmithing: how to use tools to bend and shape and manipulate metal, how to use a torch, how to file and saw. I was almost to the point of learning to set stones when I realized that I had to go get a “real” job in order to feed myself.

But I just couldn’t put the jewelry down. I continued to study, using every resource I could find. I have never been formally trained, but I have spent nearly every free moment of my adult life learning to make jewelry. I can’t tell you how many bench jewelers have been kind enough to let me hang out at their bench and bug them, asking questions, learning, and dreaming of doing this full time.

As I developed my skills, I made many items for friends and family, and eventually that grew to include a nice little word-of-mouth customer base.

About four years ago I decided it was time to spend all my time pursuing this lifelong passion. It’s a little scary, but the heart wants what it wants, right? So here I am today. Making jewelry for you. Making jewelry. Finally.

 

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