Grand Junction, Colorado · 1 Sale


Grand Junction, Colorado 1 Sale On Etsy since 2008

Billie Swanson

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Billie Swanson

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Last updated on October 21, 2014
My first and only metalsmithing class was almost 20 years ago, and since then I have been
fascinated by the design and creation of pieces for personal adornment. Most of what I have learned about metalsmithing has been self-taught, but my sense of design I owe to hours spent at the Art Institute of Chicago, in the galleries of the museum and at the school, where I received an MFA in Painting.

Fine craft is another passion. My admiration for jewelers, potters, glassblowers, and fiber artists is long-standing and deep, and my work ethic comes from the wonderful experience of knowing many of them over the years.

I really enjoy the problem-solving and trial-and-error aspect of producing a piece I have imagined in my head and then the “happy accidents” that happen along the way. Sometimes I sketch to work out details or measurements, but the concept is there in my mind and my dreams . . . hence, “Sweet Dreams.”

I work primarily in sterling silver, and at least part of each piece is made up of elements fabricated by me, although there may be found or purchased elements as well. And most pieces are one-of-a-kind.

I have the luxury of working in my own studio in beautiful western Colorado, in the mild climate of a fruit-producing valley between the high deserts of Utah and the foothills of the Rockies. My work is in several local galleries, and I hope you will enjoy seeing my work here on Etsy as well.

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