Meet Erin, the founder & designer of Silverwillow Studio!
My name is Erin and I'm the founder and designer of Silverwillow Studio. You might have met me at craft fairs or WestElm pop up events. :-)
Today I would like to take a moment to introduce myself and Silverwillow Studio.
I started making jewelry when I was in college where I studied Journalism. Soon after I fell in love with making wearable items and decided to pursue it as my new dream! This dream led me to California College of the Arts in Northern California and I finished Jewelry/Metal Arts program there. In the course of my time at CCA I got to work with different types of metals, learned many techniques, and enjoyed exploring the field of conceptual art with metal as my medium. I also studied abroad in Paris, France at a school called École Boulle and picked up engraving skills from my wonderful teacher Monsieur Robert. Eventually all of these experiences gave me the confidence I need to create my own studio that I call Silverwillow Studio.
My passion really lies on working with metal and I enjoy working with silver, gold, copper as well as brass. As much as I was trained with traditional metalsmithing ways, I strive to keep the traditional way of working with metal. Some may call it an old fashioned way. But that's how I choose to work with metal and I enjoy it so much! From start to finish all of my jewelry and other objects are fabricated in my very studio except the casting process.
I almost always get my inspirations from the nature such as textures, colors, and shapes. Combining and mix-matching these elements in an unexpected way and in the form of jewelry always excite me and the possibility is simply endless!
For the color elements I use many different types of gemstones. To me all gemstones are precious stones as each one was born of wonderful mother nature. I guess only exception I would consider is diamonds. Because diamonds do have such a special placement in gemstone world even in geological world! Other than that I do see all gemstones as unique and beautiful materials in themselves. And because of this view I try my best to stay away from lab-grown or dyed gemstones. And I always make sure all my gemstone suppliers carry conflict free items.
One thing I like about working with metal is that it's very sustainable. Literally nothing goes to waste in my studio! All of my metals get to be recycled either by me or by the refinery in LA.
Silverwillow Studio is not exclusively a jewelry studio. In the near future I hope to introduce variety of metal pieces! So stay tuned! :-) My big motto is "makers gonna make"! Whether I have orders or not, I feel like I'm always in the mood of making things and that's my passion.
Hope you continue to visit my store and enjoy what we have to offer time to time :-)
Thanks for reading and hope to see you soon!