Please join Skaneateles Artisans Gallery Under the Stone for our First Friday Celebration, Friday August 2nd from 6-9 p.m. We will be featuring the works of Laurie Schutt, Metal Jewelry Designer. We will be hosting a spirit tasting by 1911 Spirits where you can sample vodka as well as a mix of their sparkling hard ciders. Finger foods will also be served.
The Skaneateles Artisans Gallery Under the Stone is located in The Old Stone Mill at 3 Fennell Street (lower level), offers off-street parking as well as municipal parking, and accepts major credit cards. Visit our website at www.skaneatelesartisans.com. For more information, call 315-685-8580.
“My jewelry making has been a journey. As the nest emptied, I felt the urge to create – something pleasing, something lasting. It started with beads – learning symmetry, asymmetry and finishing. One path led to another – glass fusing, lampwork beads, Chinese knotting and kumihimo. Then, quite by accident, I took a “fusing fine silver” class. Through that class I found my passion – metals! With the exception of that class, I am self-taught. I have never been told “you can’t do that” so I am not afraid to try new techniques (or for that matter, to figure out my own techniques), find new tools, try new designs and combinations – learning throughout the process. I have been asked “What inspires you?” The answer seems very simplistic – shapes/geometry. I find myself looking at a piece of metal and imagining. I will envision one shape, then other shapes will fall into place to create a piece that moves, captures and reflects light.
My collection of jewelry incorporates sterling silver, argentium, fine silver, gold-filled and copper. I sometimes use pearls to embellish and will combine metals to make a statement and provide versatility. I call my style contemporary classics.
My pieces are hand forged – they start as either sheet or wire. The shapes are punched or sawed out of sheet then textured, drilled, riveted, filed, soldered and/or tumbled – whatever the piece dictates. The chain maille pieces start as wire. I make the rings in my studio and weave them into a pattern. The fine silver wire goes through roughly 7 separate steps before it is ready to be polished. Each piece is finished with great care before being presented to the public. I take great pride and satisfaction when I see the smile/pleasure that a piece of my jewelry brings to the buyer.
I look forward to continuing my journey – there are many techniques to learn, many more designs to bring to life and many more smiles to create.” ~ Laurie Schutt