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Peggy Skemp makes unusual, sculptural jewelry and art objects, employing a variety of traditional metalsmithing techniques.
Peggy studied gemology and jewelry manufacture at GIA immediately after high school, then worked at as a goldsmith earning a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the middle of art school Peg become obsessively interested in scientific medicine and began pursuing pre-med/ biological science studies at De Paul University concurrently with her art education. She found herself making small wearable, dissectible specimens as study references, similar to the dissectible heart lung and brain jewelry she is known for today.

In 2008 Peggy started making jewelry full-time but continued augmenting her studies with technical masters. She studied traditional hand-engraving and stone setting at Le Arti Orafe in Florence, Italy; granulation with Harold O'Connor; Hinge…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 27
  • Joined February 5, 2008

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silver, gold, copper, porcelain, enamel

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About

Peggy Skemp makes unusual, sculptural jewelry and art objects, employing a variety of traditional metalsmithing techniques.
Peggy studied gemology and jewelry manufacture at GIA immediately after high school, then worked at as a goldsmith earning a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the middle of art school Peg become obsessively interested in scientific medicine and began pursuing pre-med/ biological science studies at De Paul University concurrently with her art education. She found herself making small wearable, dissectible specimens as study references, similar to the dissectible heart lung and brain jewelry she is known for today.

In 2008 Peggy started making jewelry full-time but continued augmenting her studies with technical masters. She studied traditional hand-engraving and stone setting at Le Arti Orafe in Florence, Italy; granulation with Harold O'Connor; Hinge and Mechanism-making with Charles Lewton-Brain and casting at Revere Academy, San Francisco.
In 2015 Peggy's workshop moved from a home office in Chicago to a remodeled, expansive workshop on a 20 acre permaculture farm in the heart of the "Driftless" region of Wisconsin. In this setting Peggy has expanded vastly expanded her opportunities as a craftswoman.

Jewelry has traditionally been used to mark special life events. Many of the most rewarding projects Peggy has done as a jeweler were special projects for people wishing to commemorate surviving a difficult surgery or graduation from nursing or medical school.
All of Peggy's creations are entirely made by hand with great care in the USA.

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