Jewelry Artisan Creating in the PA Wilds
Juried Pennsylvania Wilds Jewelry Artisan Creating Fresh off the Bench
Stephanie Distler is a self taught jewelry artist living in Elk County. Using nature for inspiration, she designs and creates artisan jewelry together with hand tools using silver (sterling and pure), copper and brass in wire or sheet form. Collecting metalsmithing tools, learning new techniques and then implementing them in her designs is a passion that is the touchstone of daily life.
Indeed, Distler comes from a family of ‘makers’ including woodworkers, cooks, and farmers, but, has chosen precious metals over wood shavings, incorporating the love of gardening and the culinary into her works breath. Her home is in the process of remodeling providing more usable space for metalsmithing, displays, workshops, PA Wilds Artisan Trail events, and other artistic endeavors. Distler operated a gallery for many years, and now this home-based studio allows the opportunity for her to consolidate visioning, craftsmanship, and exhibition in one location as she also includes blogging, culinary art, and photography as part of the artisan jewelry business.
soldering, fusing, metal printing, cold connections, hammer forging, wire-wrapping, dry felting, improvisational bead embroidery, mixed media applications and a variety of metal finishing techniques are added consistently to the process.
Her work is unique in that the many, many different hammers used in the forging process act as brush to paper while forging on the wire and sheet metal. Each piece has a singular breath whether it is a 'Mindful Charm' with an attribute word such as Shhh... making the wearer slow down and listen or the hand sawn trees and botanicals giving a sense of 'life' to the piece.
Also ecstatic to bring you the 'PA Wilds' brand to hand forged jewelry items 'one of a kind' pieces only in my Shoppe these unique pieces are then metal printed & hammer forged in small batches.
She has in the past displayed at:
Pittsburgh: HandMade Arcade http://www.handmadearcade.com/ , Three Rivers Arts Fest http://www.3riversartsfest.org/ .
Philadelphia: Manayunk Arts Festival http://manayunk.com/signature-events/manayunk-arts-festival/
Wilkes-Barre: Fine Arts Fiesta http://fineartsfiesta.org/.
2006 Recipient of the 'Champion of the Pa Wilds' award for community work and part played in ownership of then Flemish House Art Gallery, Elk County 2006 to 2012
A few words on the making:
Production starts with either wire or sheet metal made of sterling silver, pure silver, copper or brass. Having a thought on whether 'Mindful Charms', pendants, bangles, bracelets, riveted work, wrapped beaded necklaces, rings or earrings will be created.
Cleaning the metal, cutting to shape or length, choosing the design elements, tools needed such as metal stamps, hammers, texturing punches, etc. Working at the large stump bench, soldering station or finish area depending on what step in the process she is at.
Metal printing, hammering and texturing allow her to put more of an artistic flow to the work and the part of the process she relishes.
When finishing a piece deburring, filing, sanding, tumbling and the final polishing will then occur to create a piece that is comfortable for the wearer and one that will endure for generations to come.
Find more of her work at:
Cameron County Artisan Center in Emporium, Elk County Council on the Arts in Ridgway, The Laughing Owl Press in Kane. Coming soon to Elk Country Visitor Center!
*Coming soon- Being published in Pennsylvania Made: Homegrown Products by Local Craftsman, Artisans, and Purveyors coming out December 2015 http://www.amazon.com/Pennsylvania-Made-Homegrown-Craftsman-Purveyors/dp/1493013262
Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Trail committee since 2006
Elk County Council on the Arts board since 2005
Elk County Room Tax Committee since 2012
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Historian, Researcher, Website Builder
Artist creating fresh off the bench in the Pennsylvania Wilds
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Other Method
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Approx. shipping times:
Europe: 2 - 5 days
USA : 1 - 2 days
Canada: 3-4 days
International Orders will also be shipped via USPS. However, tracking is not available for international orders. Therefor, once your order leaves the U.S. I can not guarantee how long it will take for delivery:). Also, please be aware that SDAJ is NOT responsible for any customs charges, taxes, or fees related to this purchase.
International Orders can take a LONG time, especially during peak holiday times. Sometimes it can take 6-8 weeks for international shipping via USPS first class. I offer an international shipping upgrade if you are not able to wait for unpredictable shipping times.
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