Dana Blythe Stenson
Metalsmith (sterling silver jewelry)
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I’ve spent most of my adult life as a social worker and mother, but had always wanted to learn the art of metalsmithing. In 2007 I had the opportunity to finally pursue this through an intensive course at Syracuse University. I fell in love with metalsmithing and have been working in metal and jewelry design full-time ever since. My coursework has continued at SU, and I’ve also taken classes at the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute. I love to work with silver and to experiment with all the different ways of putting metals together: traditional soldering, cold connections, different linkage systems, etc. I find my inspiration in forms that I see around me, both natural and man-made. My favorite designs are those that find a new way to express a natural form, or a familiar symbolic form. I also love to make jewelry that emphasizes the beauty of a stone, and will often design a piece around a particular stone, its qualities and colors. The greatest reward in making jewelry is to see it worn by someone who feels that it adds beauty to their life.