Saturday, June 12, 2010

K Maley Handcrafted Gold and Silver Jewelry

Michael and I travel to shows all around the country looking for new and exciting work for our gallery. Jewelry is something we're always looking for. Last winter on a trip to Philadelphia we met Kathleen and were really taken with her work.

A California native, Kathleen Maley has been making jewelry and art objects in San Francisco for over 15 years. Kathleen studied jewelry and metalsmithing at San Diego State University and has traveled all over the country to exhibit her work.

Working in her Mission District studio, Kathleen creates jewelry that balances the contrast between sterling silver and high karat gold vermeil, and fuses the dramatic palette of pressed glass with the luster of precious metals.

Each piece of jewelry is constructed by had from silver sheet and wire, soldered and formed using a mallet and mandrels. Textures are created using a rolling mill, and handmade stamping and chasing tools.

Kathleen uses only select glass, recycled or lab-grown stones in her work, and recycles all scrap metal to keep her jewelry-making processes as ecologically conscious as possible.

1 comment:

  1. i just got beautiful earrings from kathleen today! I love them!