About

Hello!

Thanks so much for your interest! All Laurel O’Brien jewelry is handmade in a tiny Ithaca, NY studio.  The majority of pieces I make single-handedly, starting with  design through to production and polish!  Occasionally I get some much appreciated help from my husband Alex. His specialties are the hammered / twist leaf earrings and silver or brass bangles. If you visit us at a show or event he will probably be there too, helping out.

Officially I started as a business about 6 years ago and my love of jewelry making and art goes back much further. I attended  college for metal-smithing & earned a bachelors in fine Arts, this is where I learned many of the techniques I use today.  My favorite techniques include hand sawing (also known as piercing), Forging/ hammering, riveting, soldering and forming!

In my studio you will find a mix of new and old tools, spools of wire, sheets of metal, gemstones and honestly usually a little bit of chaos. My father gave me my first tools including my favorite “rail -road” anvil, which he made.  He is also my go-too when I can’t figure out how to fix a torch, belt sander or metal-shear ( just a few recent things….)  Favorite tools are my hammers, many from dad, others I bought new or at yard sales. Each hammer has a unique purpose and leaves a different imprint….I love them all!

Inspiration comes from nature, geometry, history and my everyday surroundings, so really wherever I can find it! Materials used include sterling silver, copper, brass, gold, 14k gold-fill and a variety of gemstones. I strive to keep my pieces affordable and my work space and production as environmentally responsible as possible. Thanks again for your interest and support of handmade work!

Laurel

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Laurel in Studio-149_3467_20141105_MTP

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