My name is Carrie. I’m a mom to two wonderful girls, wife to a dedicated husband, a gardener and an aspiring metalsmith.
I say metalsmithing rather than silversmithing, because they are quite different! True silversmithing is all about making vessels and utensil pieces, not jewelry.
What I do is closer to goldsmithing, but because I work in silver, copper and a little bit of gold, metalsmithing is a more appropriate title! I don’t just make jewelry – I love larger scale projects as well and have sketches and rough shapes ready to go for a rain chain, and some copper pipe just waiting to be made into a fantastic wind chime.
I became interested in metalsmithing after taking a Continuing Education class, and was hooked! I have since taken private studio lessons, and many, many courses at Bedrock Supply in Edmonton, mainly under the patient tutoring of Andrea Blais. I have accumulated a large library of resource books, and am always on the lookout to learn new techniques and add to my skills. I am by no means an expert, but I’m happy to learn from my mistakes and push the limits of my skills to get better with each piece I create.
Most of my pieces are one of a kind; some are designed or commissioned with a specific person in mind, others become what they are quite organically. No piece is perfect. Mistakes in a piece mean I repurpose an element, redesign a piece or just melt it down. Other mistakes are just an opportunity to learn and create something new. As I write, I am preparing to teach myself small-scale production work, with the intent to sell locally, and through Etsy. Follow the links on the main page for more information!
I think one of the hardest parts of being an artist is letting a piece out into the world, but it gives me joy to see my pieces being worn and loved.
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