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Erin DeLargy

#9 Laeradr Millworks

I’ve been an artist my entire life, exploring multiple media. I took up silver-smithing 13 years ago and have been in love with metals and stones ever since. I work primarily in sterling silver, but I enjoy the look and feel of mixed metals and often incorporate accents of bronze and copper into my work. I use semi-precious stones, some of which I also cut and polish myself. All of my work is hand-fabricated, each piece created individually one at a time utilizing silver-smithing techniques such as sawing, filing, hammering, stamping, grinding, soldering, stone setting and polishing.

The process of creating is truly invigorating and exciting for me. When crafting a new piece I often take lots of time arranging my metals and stones until the inspiration grabs me. I love making work that catches one’s eye and makes the wearer feel confident. I embellish much of my work with positive words or phrases, so that when turning over a ring or pair of earrings, there is a little hidden message there to uplift.

Vibrant colors are special to me. Complementary and contrasting colors often play a large role in my work and I choose stones and metals that create dynamic expression and vibrancy.

I find myself very sensitive to the energy all around me, in nature, in others and in objects. With this heightened awareness, the work I make takes on special energy. “I’ve never seen anything like this before!” and “This is so unique!” are the phrases most often uttered when people are viewing my jewelry. I feel very satisfied when hearing this, as my jewelry is an inner expression of my own joy and creativity. I hope my work brings as much joy to wear as I have felt creating it.

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