kim harrell, silversmith & jewelry design

Aurora, Colorado On Etsy since 2008


kim harrell, silversmith & jewelry design

Aurora, Colorado | 40 Sales



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About KHsilversmith

Sales 40
On Etsy since 2008

If I had a hammer....

Although my jewelry making career started with beads and wire, once I had my hand on a hammer I was hooked. As a child I loved messing around in my mother's jewelry box untangling her 60s and 70s chokers, silver chunky chains, beads and brightly enameled metal brooches. Once I had my ears pierced, I made my own earrings from broken bits of my mother's collection, keys, plastic, whatever I could find. Fast forward to grown up years living in London and I stumbled upon the Bead Shop (now relocated or possibly gone) in Neal's Yard, Covent Garden. The bead collection grew into earrings and necklaces (had to do something with them) sold to work colleagues and at private parties. However, it did not take long to get bored with beading.

I took evening jewelry classes and eventually resigned my full-time job and studied jewelry making and silversmithing for four years at London Guildhall University. It was there I discovered the art of silversmithing (in Europe this is understood to be separate from jewelry making and includes vessels, cutlery, Judaica, churchware, etc.) - the hammer in my hand. To this day, I use hammers on even the most delicate of jewelry pieces.

All the work you will find here is conceived, designed and made by me. I am inspired by many things - the Bauhaus, minimalism, British modernism, St. Ives artists, ancient cultures - but ultimately it is the materials that speak to me with metal being my favorite. I do dabble in fiber - hemp, rope, felt - rubber and plastic but metal is still part of the final piece. My work is textural, tactile and well made. I strive for it to be elegant, beautiful and desirable.

You can be assured that each piece is handmade; I do not cast or use ready made units (except for chain and some findings and silver beads) - I fabricate pieces from sheet and wire and I always make my clasps. Occasionally I am distracted by my first love, beads, and that work will be featured in the collections here.

I work in my studio, shared with two other fine artists, in Colorado where all the work is made. I opened this Etsy shop because I want to make my work more accessible and to share it with a wider audience. Most of my work now is commission so please feel free to approach me if you like what you see but want something specially designed. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy browsing and that you find something you love as much as I loved making it!

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  • Kim Harrrell

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I lived, worked and studied in London for 14 years. Now I work in my studio in Colorado with two other artists and sometimes teach. When I am not making art, I am with my family, friends, garden, cooking, eating, laughing.

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  • Lynda Ladwig

    Lafayette, CO

    Lynda Ladwig's elegant hand built porcelain ceramic work is an expression of 'less is more' and a celebration of the material. Inspired by architecture, her forms are geometric, black and white or with the occasional touch of color.

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