Meet the Maker: Karen Edgerly of Karen Edge Studio
Using recycled silver or copper and brass metal, Karen Edgerly of Karen Edge Studio designs sparkly everyday wearable pieces of jewelry. Whether it is a cuff, a ring or etched earrings, they are set with precious or semi-precious stones. Her jewelry embraces the fine craft of silversmithing using various techniques and plays with mixing silver with other metals. We had the pleasure of getting to know her process a bit more.
Let's start at the beginning. When did you discover you wanted to be a jewelry designer?
I discovered that I wanted to be a jewelry designer when I was 13, after my first silversmithing class at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. I was hooked and took classes all through high school and college.
You went to school to become an Environmental Geologist. This shines through in your work. How do you choose the stones you work with?
I like stones that have an earthy feel combined with very sparkly faceted stones. I appreciate the contrast.
Have you ever made a piece that you refused to part with?
I have a rule, once I started my business I wasn’t allowed to keep any of the pieces I make. I am, however, allowed to keep pieces I made before I started my business, one of them is very precious to me, a lost wax cast tree necklace. That piece holds a special place in my heart.
What is your favorite thing about your workspace?
My workspace has good light, but also a very large canvas painting of a bird my daughter did when she was about six years old. It is front and center in my studio and I love looking at it. It is inspirational.
What characteristic do you admire most in other makers?
I admire the creativity in other makers, ones who take a chance and play with mixed metals and stones. I also admire makers that work with simplicity.
Don't miss these stunning pieces at our upcoming Summer Market, August 4th and 5th in the parking lot of the Main Library, in the heart of Downtown next to the Boulder Creek path and the newly renovated Civic Area, and two blocks from the Farmers Market!
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