SilverWear Jewelry
About the Artist

 


Lapidary and silver metal artist Priscilla Walsen makes contemporary stone inlay jewelry, unique hollow forms, three-dimensional pieces and handmade “confetti” chains.  
 Priscilla is inspired by the colors, shapes, patterns and textures she sees and feels in the world around her. She uses both traditional and modern metal working and lapidary techniques to create handmade jewelry, often in one-of-a-kind designs.


Priscilla is best known for her bold colorful stone inlay designs. Each unique inlay piece is inspired by the hues in the stones, which often include lapis, sugilite, chrysocolla or turquoise. Priscilla uses geometric shapes to create clean lines that complement the colors and patterns in the stone. A true lapidary artist, Priscilla starts with rough gemstone material, and then saws, grinds, sands and polishes each piece of stone. 

In addition to working with sterling silver materials using traditional silversmithing methods; Priscilla also works with fine silver metal clay. Fine silver metal clay is a malleable form of fine silver made from recycled silver. Priscilla’s work with fused fine silver metal clay includes unique hollow forms and highly textured three dimensional designs.

Priscilla is a member of the High Road Artisans, a non-profit organization with a mission to enhance the economic viability of the artists and artisans of the rural communities along the High Road to Taos. The High Road Artisans organization is committed to maintaining a vibrant and self-sustaining community of artists. For more information go to: www.highroadnewmexico.com.  


Priscilla took her first silversmithing and metal shop classes while in high school and began studying lapidary arts in the 1990s. She founded SilverWear in 1997 after learning stone inlay techniques at Ghost Ranch in Abiqui, NM. In November 2006, her stone inlay work was featured in Lapidary Journal (Jewelry Artist) magazine. In addition, Priscilla is a certified Precious Metal Clay (PMC®) Artisan by the Precious Metal Clay Guild. She creates her jewelry designs at her new studio in 
Ojo Sarco in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico. During the growing season you can find her working in her heirloom organic fruit orchard on the High Road to Taos in New Mexico.



Priscilla and her dog, Rio showshoeing in the Sangre de Cristo mountains near Ojo Sarco, New Mexico.

 

 


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