sarametalsmith

Sara Thompson - Metalsmith

Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts 172 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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sarametalsmith

Sara Thompson - Metalsmith

Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts | 172 Sales

Sara Thompson

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Sara Thompson

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    Announcement    UPDATE: I will be taking a long hiatus from my jewelry to focus on working privately for clients making silver cups, bowls, and spoons.

    The remaining jewelry I've made can be found in Citrine on Main Street, Vineyard Haven, MA; Driftwood on Circuit Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA; and at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR.

    My sculptural metalwork can be found on my website.

    www.sara-thompson-metalsmith.com
    www.instagram.com/sara_metalsmith/

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    I'm Sara, 21-year-old following my passion. I make each piece by hand in my studio on a tiny island off the coast of Massachusetts or biocoastly in Portland, OR.

    I work both as bench jeweler and as a traditional silversmith. I recently graduated from the Oregon College of Art and Craft with a BFA in Craft with a concentration in metals. I enjoy working back and forth between wearable forms and minimal utilitarian objects. Starting at 11, I trained as a bench jeweler for nearly ten years and now have moved into using traditional silversmithing to explore the vessel as a metaphor to incorporate educational aspects from mathematics and science into my forms. In all of my work, I consider elements of wearability, functionality, and tactility. My pieces span from everyday minimal pieces of jewelry to wedding bands to functioning silver teapots. My Etsy shop is a small snippet of my work.

    Announcement

    Last updated on Sep 24, 2018

    UPDATE: I will be taking a long hiatus from my jewelry to focus on working privately for clients making silver cups, bowls, and spoons.

    The remaining jewelry I've made can be found in Citrine on Main Street, Vineyard Haven, MA; Driftwood on Circuit Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA; and at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR.

    My sculptural metalwork can be found on my website.

    www.sara-thompson-metalsmith.com
    www.instagram.com/sara_metalsmith/

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    I'm Sara, 21-year-old following my passion. I make each piece by hand in my studio on a tiny island off the coast of Massachusetts or biocoastly in Portland, OR.

    I work both as bench jeweler and as a traditional silversmith. I recently graduated from the Oregon College of Art and Craft with a BFA in Craft with a concentration in metals. I enjoy working back and forth between wearable forms and minimal utilitarian objects. Starting at 11, I trained as a bench jeweler for nearly ten years and now have moved into using traditional silversmithing to explore the vessel as a metaphor to incorporate educational aspects from mathematics and science into my forms. In all of my work, I consider elements of wearability, functionality, and tactility. My pieces span from everyday minimal pieces of jewelry to wedding bands to functioning silver teapots. My Etsy shop is a small snippet of my work.

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    About sarametalsmith

    Sales 172
    On Etsy since 2012

    A silversmith intrigued by science, tactility, and wearability

    At 21, I've spent the last decade apprenticing and working as a bench jeweler and silversmith. When I was 11, I move to a small island called Martha's Vineyard and started apprenticing for a bench jeweler. I learned how to make settings, polish, solder, and the in's and out's of a retail shop for a self-employed artist.

    When I was 15, I had a brief introduction to enameling in high school. Afterwards, I began to explore and teach myself the world of enameling. Essentially, I began to paint with the glass enamel while it was molten to create the abstract designs. Then, I started in fuse my enameling and metalworking skills together and started my business. Since then, I have been making my living as an artist and pursued a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Art in Craft with a concentration in Metals.

    Today, I pivot back and forth between being a jeweler and a silversmith. In my wearable work, I make every piece by hand in my little studio. I only use silver and high carat gold as I've developed an affinity to precious metals. I've grown from enameling to incorporating casting into my work. I refrain from using molds; instead, I cast organic materials directly from nature (branches and blossoming buds) into sterling silver and delicately pressure weld 24k gold. I want to incorporate elements of the natural world into permanent pieces that capture a moment of nature.

    My work is inspired by science, tacitly, and function. I consider how each piece is going to be worn on the body--the weight, the fit, and where it rests. I want my work to be worn everyday. It's critical that it's durable and comfortable.

    I am drawn to the aesthetic of minimalism in both my wearable and sculptural work. Every aspect of the work is intentional and my craftsmanship is the best it can be.

    In addition. I work as a traditional silversmith to create pieces that focus on the interaction between the viewer and the piece--that moment when the viewer touches, plays, interacts, unlocks, flips over, or opens the piece. I've created an entire body of work where I use the vessel as a metaphor to incorporate concepts of high level mathematics and science into the forms. I pair the duality of the precious laws of nature with the preciousness of silver to create mundane forms that can fit into the intimate scale of the hand. More about this work can be found on my website.

    Other pieces in my shop use stones from a small number of well-respected and established stone dealers. They are a pleasure and a delight to see and pick first hands stones from them.

    I show my work at the Vineyard Artisan Festivals on Martha's Vineyard in July and August on Sundays and Thursdays in addition to Memorial and Labor Day weekend.

    Shop members

    • Sara Thompson

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      Metalsmith, owner, maker,

    Shop policies

    Last updated on May 2, 2018
    Thank you for stopping by! I create every single piece from start to finish and package them to you. My pieces are one of a kind and most are ready to ship within one to two business days via priority mail. I don't update my shop often, so if you have something in mind, feel free to send me a message. I usually have work finished that's not listed or time to make a custom piece.

    Accepted payment methods

    Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
    Returns and exchanges
    I gladly accept exchanges
    Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
    Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
    I don't accept returns or cancellations
    But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
    The following items can't be returned or exchanged
    Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
    • Custom or personalized orders
    • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
    • Digital downloads
    • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
    Returns and exchange details
    Not happy?
    I want you to be happy with your piece. Sadly if you're not, ship your piece back to me and you will have a credit with me. This credit can be used towards a piece that's already listed in the shop. (This does not apply to custom orders.)

    Refunds
    I do not issue refunds. Custom orders are final.

    Lost in the mail
    If we are unsuccessful tracking down your piece, you will have a credit with me for the amount you paid for. For international orders, please please correctly enter your mailing address.

    Damaged
    I will make sure that your package with survive from my studio to you. If not, ship the piece back to me and I will fix it free of charge.

    TERMS:
    Even though jewelry is pretty, it is not indestructible. Things break from time to time. Even if you wear your piece everyday for years, I will try to fix it, just ship it to me. Rarely, there may be fees to replace a stone, like a diamond. But more often than not, I fix my work free of charge. I'm always happy to re-polish or refinish a piece as it means you wore it. The cost of shipping a piece to me is the responsibility of the buyer. After, I will cover the cost to ship the piece back to you via USPS priority mail.
    Payment
    Payment on Etsy

    Etsy has the ability for you to directly and securely checkout. Your information is safe and not shared with any other party. They offer paypal and other forms of payment. Please see Etsy's support for payment questions.

    Layaway
    Like an item but don't have enough money to pay for it right now? No worries! Send me a conversation or email and we'll discuss payment options. I will reserve the item after a down payment and work with you to establish affordable payment options within a three month time span.
    Shipping
    Each piece comes in a black striped patterned box with a white ribbon free of charge.

    Shippinh
    I ship most orders within two business days. Items are shipped via USPS priority mail (2-3 days.) Shipping is $7.20 and comes with delivery confirmation. All items are sent USPS; if this is a problem, please let me know when you place an order. I can ship UPS or Fedex upon request. For international orders, I use USPS priority mail International flat rate which is $32 and arrives in 10-14 business days.

    Insurance
    Each package is insured for $50. If you would like to have your package insured for a greater value, please let me know so I can get an estimate on pricing.

    Tracking
    All packages come with a tracking number. Occasionally , the location of the package will not be available within 24 hours of the shipping date.

    International Custom Fees
    Some countries have international custom fees. You are responsible for paying the fees.
    Additional policies and FAQs
    Ring Sizing
    Please state your correct ring size when purchasing a ring. If you're not sure, send me a conversation and I will help you find your ring size. I size all of my rings free of charge. If the ring stills does not fit once you receive it, please ship it back to me. If the size needs to be readjusted again, the cost of shipping the ring back to me is the responsibility of the buyer. I will resize the ring again free of charge and cover the shipping cost to send it back to you.

    Custom Work
    Interested in custom work? Send me an email! Please take a look at my items beforehand and we will get in touch.

    More information

    Last updated on Apr 16, 2017
    Frequently asked questions
    Sizing details

    I resize all my rings free of charge at the of the purchase and chains are included in all necklaces of 16, 18, or 20 inches of your choice.

    Custom and personalized orders

    I am open to working with you one-on-one to create a special piece.

    Gift wrapping and packaging

    All pieces come gift wrapped in a black pin striped box with a white ribbon.