Linda: Since childhood, I have been fascinated with taking a simple thing, such as a length of thread or a fabric swatch, and turning it into art. My husband Jerry introduced me to the world of handcrafted jewelry. Continue reading “Two Silversmiths, Jerry & Linda Hunter”
I have resided in Brevard, NC, with my husband, Jerry, since 1968. We have one daughter, Ashli Arnold Crump, who lives in East Flatrock, NC.
From 1968-83, I was a language arts & art teacher. Prior to turning to designing and making jewelry, I was passionate about two-dimensional art, which evolved into a BFA in art from UNC-Asheville (1985). In 1990, I took my first silversmithing class and soon thereafter, a wire wrapping class. I have since gone on to become one of the most sought after wire artists in the area. Continue reading “Sonia Arnold”
In the quest to emulate the colors, textures and patterns that I observe around me and out in space, I utilize both ancient and contemporary techniques to create my designs. These include torch soldering, forging, bezel setting unusual stones in handmade bezels, producing chain maille, utilizing chasing and repousse, wax carving, lost-wax casting, and making cold connections. Often these are combined with the use of a hydraulic press or miniature pulse-arc tig welder to skillfully create timeless designs in 14k and 18k gold, sterling silver, titanium and mixed metals. Continue reading “Ruthie Cohen”