Every once in while you come across a business that feels so genuine and good that you can’t help but want to support them.  Stone, Spirit, & Fire is one of those small businesses.  When Metalwerx studiomate Kelly Bollman started Stone Spirit & Fire, she knew she wanted her jewelry business to be ethically sourced, environmentally friendly, and give back to organizations that are making a difference in the world.

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Her journey to building a more sustainable and impactful practice started with her materials.  By becoming a member of the Ethical Metalsmiths, she became better informed, and is now able to choose metal and stones that are mined in an ethical manner. Then she picked packaging and shipping options that are 100% recycled and UPS Carbon Neutral.  Most remarkable of all was her decision to donate 10% of every sale to an organization she believed in.  Each month she picks an organization to donate to, and in the past year she has donated 10% of her profits to Find the Cause Breast Cancer Foundation, American Humane, Great Dog Rescue New England, RAICES, Social Catalysts Charitable Foundation, Ethical Metalsmtihs, and The Lalla ProjectThis month she is donating to Metalwerx!

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Kelly began her love affair with jewelry in 2000, when she found herself captivated in the bead aisle of her local craft store. What began as a harmless hobby making jewelry for her and a few friends, catapulted into a bustling business in the early 2000s. Kelly was hooked, but her kids were growing up fast, and she decided to put her career on pause while her little ones were in school.  With her youngest off to college she was ready to restart her business, but this time around she knew she wanted to learn how to work with metal.  As luck would have it, she met Metalwerx studiomate Peg Hoddinott in 2013 through a mutual friend at a concert. Peg told Kelly all about Metalwerx, and in 2013 Kelly took her first class with Diane Lawton.  Kelly embarked on a rigorous class schedule, learning from some of best local and national jewelers.  By 2014 Kelly was ready to launch her new business and Stone, Spirit, and Fire was born.

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In 2016 Kelly joined our Studiomate community as a full time bench renter, after downsizing to an apartment which would not allow for her to use an acetylene tank and torch in her home.  You can usually find Kelly in the Metalwerx studio on any given day of the week, undoubtedly wielding a hammer, or shaping a cuff bracelet.  Hammer marks are a signature look in Kelly’s work, as Kelly says “It is without a doubt hammers are my favorite tool! I love all the different hammers I can use to create textures, forge and fold form”.

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As the daughter of commercial fisherman and a sailor in the Navy, it feels as though this attraction to beach pebbles, soft sand, and crashing waves was somehow inherited.  Kelly says “I love everything about the beach, the sand, the salt air, watching the waves, swimming in the ocean, fishing, boating, sunny days, stormy days, and long walks in the sand”.  Although it is not always her intention she often finds herself seeing textures and designs in her jewelry that reminds her of the ocean. Kelly is excited about her newest series “Board walk”, which beautifully combines forged silver and dynamic hammer textures which create an abstract representation of the beach.

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This holiday season shop handmade with Stone Spirit and Fire, and help support Metalwerx by doing so! 10% of every purchase will be donated to Metalwerx in the month of December. You will find great gift ideas for this holiday season with the added benefit of giving back.  Plus she’s extending her generosity even further – you will also receive a 10% discount!

1) Attend a Stone, Spirit & Fire show and be sure mention Metalwerx to get your 10% discount. Click here for a show schedule. Locations include Natick and Marblehead.

2) Order online and use coupon code METALWERX10 to get your 10% discount.

Offer valid December 1-31, 2018.

 

 

You can visit Kelly at her Stone Spirit and Fire booth at …

 

Newton Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday, December 1, 2018

10:00 AM  4:00 PM

 

Marblehead Arts Association – Holiday Artisans Market

Friday, December 7, 2018

6:00 PM  9:00 PM

Saturday, December 8, 2018

10:00 AM  4:00 PM

 

Natick Mall Makers Market

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

9:00 AM  10:00 PM

 

 

 

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Metalwerx Ornamental Peace Project

by Metalwerx on November 2, 2018

Metalwerx is happy to announce another year of the Ornamental Peace Project.  In the wake of a national tragedy, we often find ourselves questioning what is “peace” and how do we obtain it, and more importantly how can we maintain it?  As community of jewelers and metalsmiths, Metalwerx invites you express these feelings through making.

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This year, we are excited to be collaborating with our project kit sponsor, Halstead! For just $25 you get everything you need to create an ornament: 2 pieces of copper, wire, chain, and some odds and ends (such as cut out doves, stars, etc).  Your submission to this project gives back in more ways than one.  Your purchase of this kit helps fund Metalwerx, a non-profit 501(c)3 and if you choose to sell your ornament it will be on display at CraftBoston Holiday, where a lucky costumer can purchase your handmade item and help share peace for many years to come.  When you support Metalwerx you are helping us ignite a passion for metals arts for every student that walks through our doors. All of the dollars we raise with this fundraiser will directly support our efforts to provide more programming to our community!

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So we ask all of our participants – what does PEACE mean to you?  If you close your eyes right now and envision peace, what do you see? Let’s fight through some of the normal imagery that first pops into your mind. Look past the peace signs, the tie dye, and the frogs holding up the peace symbols…ok there we go, now what do you see?  Is it a vacation by the lake, family gathered near, perhaps a voting box, or is it something more abstract, a feeling as opposed to something physical?

 

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How do we capture this feeling in the things we make? As said by Michael Good during his Pioneer in Metals Award speech “Craft does an amazing thing, it forces us to be in the moment”- so perhaps whatever you make whether it is literal or abstract is inherently peaceful, because you made it with your own two hands.

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Help us share the peace; get your Ornamental Peace Project Kit today!

Join as in the Metalwerx Studio on Nov 12th and Nov 19th from 4:30-8pm, and Nov 20th 10am-4pm, for free open studio time to create your Ornamental Peace Project.

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Artist Bio: Sessin Durgham and the Art Nun

September 24, 2018

For those who have had the pleasure of meeting Sessin, you are probably familiar with his enthusiasm for forging metal and his knack for storytelling. His stories are boisterous, hilarious, and always have you at the edge of your seat (both in an anticipation, but also because you might fall out of your seat laughing). […]

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Artist Bio: Catching up with Laura Wood

August 30, 2018

Through the thick early morning fog, shine the rays of morning sunlight, and the silhouette of the neighboring mountains. With lush greenery right outside her studio window and the crisp mountain air, Laura Wood’s newest adventure has her settled in for a 3 year residency at Penland Mountain School, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of […]

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Artist Bio: Paulette Werger

July 26, 2018

  We sat down with artist, maker, and Metalwerx instructor Paulette Werger to talk about the origins of her interest in metalsmithing, her career in teaching, and how she keeps things fresh in the studio. What was your first introduction to Jewelry and Metals? When did you know that you wanted to be a metalsmith? […]

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Arist Bio: Victoria Lansford

June 28, 2018

A day in the life of Victoria Lansford is multifaceted to say the least- it is a masterful balancing act, consisting of business work, writing for one of her many books or blogs, creating instructional videos, and most importantly creating stunning work in metal.   For those of you that are not acquainted with Victoria’s […]

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Metalwerx Maker Sharon Stafford- Weaving with Wire

May 24, 2018

Over, under, over, under, over, under…. music quietly running threw her head phones. All you can hear is the sound of metal wires lightly brushing against each other. The level of concentrations is palpable as Sharon’s fingers carefully bend and manipulate the metal wires of the woven pod she is sculpting. It is a process […]

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Metalwerx Online Auction Fundraiser 2018!

March 29, 2018

This fall Metalwerx celebrated it’s 20th year anniversary! Over the past two decades Metalwerx has evolved from a small in-studio classroom to the hustle and bustling nationwide know school for jewelry and metal arts.  So how did Metalwerx manifest into the school it is today?  The answer is pretty simple, it’s because of you!  Students, […]

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Metalwerx pays it forward to a Haitian Community

November 28, 2017

On Wednesday November 22, 12 artists assembled in the Metalwerx studio to complete a project in the spirit of giving and of gratitude. The task was to complete 15 gold wedding bands for a group of women who live in Haiti and are to be married in December 2017, but do not have the resources […]

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Program Feature: Friends of Metalwerx Scholarship Program

October 26, 2017

Our Friends of Metalwerx Scholarship program provides opportunities that enable qualified students to attend metalsmithing and jewelry making classes and workshops at a reduced cost. This program has seen immense growth in the past year thanks to the generosity of individual donors and the Waltham Cultural Council in 2017, and our organization is looking to […]

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