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I grew up just outside of Boston and attended Boston University. After then spending more than 25 years in Florida, I returned home to New England in 2007 and now live in beautiful downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.

My jewelry adventure began in 1989 in Gainesville when I went to purchase a vintage Volkswagen. At the end of the transaction, the seller, who turned out to be master jeweler Richard Beardsley, told me that he made jewelry and, when I expressed an interest, asked me if I'd like to see his work. When he opened the case I was just blown away! It was the first time I had ever seen true art jewelry, and I was amazed by his extraordinary creativity and by his metalsmithing skills, and I knew at that moment that I wanted to learn to make jewelry myself.

Though Dick didn't teach, the next moment of kismet came a few weeks later when the…

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  • Joined April 23, 2009

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I grew up just outside of Boston and attended Boston University. After then spending more than 25 years in Florida, I returned home to New England in 2007 and now live in beautiful downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.

My jewelry adventure began in 1989 in Gainesville when I went to purchase a vintage Volkswagen. At the end of the transaction, the seller, who turned out to be master jeweler Richard Beardsley, told me that he made jewelry and, when I expressed an interest, asked me if I'd like to see his work. When he opened the case I was just blown away! It was the first time I had ever seen true art jewelry, and I was amazed by his extraordinary creativity and by his metalsmithing skills, and I knew at that moment that I wanted to learn to make jewelry myself.

Though Dick didn't teach, the next moment of kismet came a few weeks later when the wrong mail was accidentally delivered to my mailbox. In it there was a brochure for art classes at the University of Florida's Reitz Union, including a fabrication class given by jeweler Lucinda Moran. Her description deeply resonated with me and I knew that this was the person I wanted to learn from. In her class I learned the basics of working with metal and setting gemstones and have been self-taught since then.

While in Florida, I had the privilege of being a juried member of the Gainesville Artisans' Guild, the second-oldest artists' cooperative in the country. Here in New England I am a juried member of the venerable League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and of Vermont Hand Crafters, the oldest and largest juried artisan organization in the state.

I design and create my original handmade artisan jewelry in my sunny home studio, using traditional metalsmithing fabrication techniques to texture, form, forge, solder and finish my work. My jewelry combines earthy, organic handwrought shapes and textures, colorful natural gemstones, primitive tribal beads, and rustic vintage and found objects, hearkening back to a simpler time in our complex human journey.

Lisa

To view more of my jewelry, including one-of-a-kind and custom pieces, please visit my website www.LisaFlanders.com

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