Mark your calendars!

Anniversary Student/Teacher
Holiday Show and Sale

Friday, December 8, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Featured

Support stellar students and terrific teachers and share in the cheer during the opening reception of our annual Student/Teacher Holiday Show! The gallery teams with fabulous new work the whole month of December however this wonderful show is special. It features work in the gallery by some of the talented students and amazing instructors at Danaca Design. You are sure to find the perfect holiday gift and have a great time! Refreshments and other surprises always served.

Gem Shop!

Wednesday night, November 8, 5 – 7:30pm

Greg Bracati of Custom Faceting will bring a wide variety of top quality semiprecious and precious gemstones (faceted and not) for all your jeweler needs. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity.

Artist Pop-Up in the Gallery:

Christopher Gerber

Friday, November 3, 5:30 - 7:30

Christopher Gerber is a Wisconsin native, and received his BFA in Metalsmithing/Jewelry from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. He has worked and showed in the US and the UK, and currently resides in Seattle as a practicing goldsmith/jeweler.

First exposed as a child to the wild spaces of Wisconsin, Christopher Gerber currently traverses the Pacific Northwest, dissecting and interpreting the wilderness and backcountry of the region through traditional metalsmithing techniques. Daunting peaks and gargantuan vistas are scaled and broken down into comprehensible pieces, allowing manageable interpretation. As a practicing goldsmith and bench jeweler, and through his involvement teaching in the local alpine climbing community, Gerber explores formal techniques from both worlds to help him achieve a better understanding of the space he lives in.

Artist pop-up with Barbara Knuth & Rachel Shimpock

Saturday, September 30, 5:30 - 7:00

The House Rules!
2017 Group Exhibition and ACLU Fundraiser

Reception, Friday night, May 5, 6-9pm, just in time for Mother's Day!

WHAT IS THE HOUSE RULES!? It's a celebration of studio members, helpers and employees; all those vital to the success of Danaca Design. This event features works in the gallery by these outstanding people. Traditionally it has been a fundraiser for our Jewelry Art Stimulus Scholarship however this year we've decided to change it up a bit, instead we will use this event to raised funds for the American Civil Liberties Union.

The theme for our special exhibition is, MAY DAY! This could be a cry for help, a day to celebrate worker's rights or simply a day to relish in flowers. A minimum of 50% of sales from these special exhibition pieces will be donated to the ACLU. Friday night, May 5, will be our show reception. On Friday night a minimum of 25% of ALL SALES IN THE GALLERY will be donated to the ACLU. On Friday night we will also raffle a class of your choosing with 100% of raffle ticket sales going directly to the ACLU.

Please join us to share in our warm-hearted community and raise funds to protect our rights as Americans, no matter what your politics. Refreshments will be served with meze provided by Cafe Paloma.

Friday evening, May 5, 6 - 9pm
Raffle drawn 8:30

APRIL 2, SUNDAY, 9 - 12pm

Looking for quality used jewelry making tools and supplies? Come by our garage sale! Lots of parking on Sunday, no entrance fee, bring cash! Spread the word!

TRUNK SHOW: La Objeteria

Friday, February 10, 4:30-7:00 Just in time for Valentine's Day!

About la .objetería and the artist, Bárbara Magaña!

There are objects thrust upon us by culture and those that actually produce culture, those that are needed, those that are pretty, those that have a life of their own or that are collecting dust in a corner, those that have been given to you by a special someone and become lifelong treasures, those that make us smile and are full of secret meaning. It's precisely those last ones, the objects that go with us everywhere and know all our stories, which make up the .objeteria jewelry's specialty.

I am an Industrial Designer, passionate about the small details of everyday life. Since I was a little girl, I have spent countless hours circling objects, trying to figure out their essence and their reason for existing. I eventually found, in jewelry, a combination of everything that appealed to me: love of design, the intricacy of the little details, artistry and the chance to impress passion upon an inanimate object. Six years and lots of sketches, contests, shows and a couple of diplomas later, I founded la .objetería in 2011. I am originally from Monterrey, in Mexico, where I lived until recently. Nowadays I live in the Seattle, WA area in the United States and from here I make and sell my pieces worldwide. If you don't find me inside the workshop you are likely to find me at a craft fair or teaching in some of the finest design and art universities in my hometown back in Mexico. I am all about sharing my passion and knowledge with the next generations, that is how I got my first taste of this amazing profession, it seems the very least I can do in return.

I am a believer that people's lives are made better through design. Sometime it brings just a smile, others it actually solves a problem – but it always grants value to both the recipient and the designer. Design is everywhere we look, hear, eat, touch – it is in our memories and experiences. This is why I like my pieces to tell stories, and in order to do so you must celebrate life, have fun with what you do, do what you are passionate about and never lose your capacity for wonder.

GEM SHOW! January 12, 5 – 8pm

THURSDAY evening, 5-8pm we are hosting Greg Bracati of Custom Faceting for a delicious gem show at Danaca Design. Greg brings a wide variety of top quality semiprecious and precious gemstones (faceted and not) for all your jeweler needs. Don't miss out on a great opportunity to get some new stones for 2017!

Student/ Teacher Holiday Show and Sale Reception
and Anniversary Party!

Friday, December 9, 6:00 - 10:00pm

Come help us celebrate during the opening reception of our annual Student/Teacher Holiday Show! The gallery will be teaming with fabulous new work the whole month of December however this wonderful show is special. It features work in the gallery by some of the talented students and amazing instructors at Danaca Design. Find the perfect holiday gift while supporting the studio, its students and teachers. You simply can't go wrong! This annual holiday event is not to be missed! Refreshments and other surprises always served.

TRUNK SHOW: Iris Guy and Melissa Cameron

Thursday, November 17, 5:30-8:00

Take this opportunity to see and purchase exciting work not available in the gallery AND experience the studio in action since the trunk shows are scheduled during Open Studio Hours!

Trunk Show Artist Bios:

Melissa Cameron

I am a research jeweler.

The evidence of my investigations - the jewelry I produce - speaks to my interest in architecture, geometry, social justice, and the human body. Through my work I attempt to manifest my belief in the interdependence of all matter, and the sacredness of all human life.

Each work is a response to the idea I am interrogating at the time. The making involves extensive research, meticulous preparatory drawings and precise execution.

My material choices seem uninhibited, yet are very deliberate. I build with parts that augment my narrative, hoping that when together the components will resonate.

Iris Guy

Simple, contemporary and lightweight, the Iris Guy jewelry collection offers something unique for everyone. Each individual piece is hand made in her Seattle based studio. Cultivated from unspoken desires and organic forms; playful shapes with architectural elements come to life in silver and 18k gold.

Her pieces say to their wearers - "Respond to your inner truth and desires."

"My unique collection of necklaces and earrings features intrinsic organic elements - combining both masculine structureS and the beauty of feminine contours. Simple, contemporary and lightweight!"

In the Pacific Northwest the Iris Guy jewelry collection can be found at the Seattle Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, Tacoma art museum, and Kobo Gallery as well as many fine boutiques and galleries around the city. The collection is also featured all around the world including the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Israel museum Jerusalem, Israel.

Bits and Bobs a collaborative jewelry show
curated by Tegan Wallace

October 28, 2016 – Nov 28, 2016

Opening reception: Friday, Oct 28, 2016 6 – 9pm

Often jewelry is created to celebrate and mark milestones in life. As part of marking her milestone of turning 40, jewelry artist Tegan Wallace has invited a collection of artists to take a prototype or unfinished object from Tegan's own work and breathe new life into them. These Bits and Bobs will become reflections of what Tegan has achieved so far while celebrating the metal community that had given her so much and continues to influence her own artistic growth.

Friday, October 28, 6:00 – 9:00

SPECIAL EXHIBITION: opening party

BITS AND BOBS of TEGAN WALLACE: Collaborative Jewelry Project

This special exhibition is a celebration of one of our long time community member's life and love of jewelry making!

Trunk Show featuring Jennifer Lawrence Bennett
and Lexi Lee

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Come by to see some exciting new work in the gallery, enjoy a few snacks and see the studio in action during Open Studio Hours. 5:30pm – 8:00pm, Thursday evening.

This is the start of a new tradition. Danaca will feature two artists in each trunk show, one established and one emerging. This is not a simple trunk show, but an event to connect, communicate and share the love.

The house RULES! Show and Scholarship Fundraiser

Saturday night, May 7, 6–8pm

WHAT IS THE HOUSE RULES!? Every year or so we host an event and show to celebrate the crew at Danaca Design and raise funds for our Jewelry Art Stimulus Fund. This project provides scholarships for matriculated students aged 16-24 allowing them to take a class in the studio for free. To raise the funds we host a silent auction and raffle an awesome collaborative necklace.

Join us for this fun evening to stimulate the jewelry arts and share in our wonderful community here at Danaca Design. Refreshments will be served with meze provided by Bodrum Bistro and there will be lots of new work in the gallery, just in time for Mother's day!

Silent Auction closes at 7:00

Raffle drawn at 7:30

Raffle tickets just $5.00 and available now! In the studio, from one of the participating artists or the night of the event.

Participating artists and silent auction items featured on our Facebook page

Annual Jewelry Tool and Supply Swap Meet

Saturday, March 12, 10 - 1

Swap Meet

It's time for a little spring cleaning and the Annual Jewelry Tool and Supply Swap Meet is the way to do it. We will meet up to sell, swap and buy Saturday, March 12, 10 - 1. There is no charge to participate HOWEVER you must reserve a spot to be a vendor. If you are interested in being a vendor email me right away. Space is limited. Dana@danacadesign.com

Anniversary Party and Student / Teacher
Holiday Show and Sale

December 2 – 30, Holiday Student/Teacher Show and Sale

Saturday December 12, 6:30-10:00, Anniversary Party

Come help us celebrate one dozen years! Opening December 2 is our annual Student/Teacher Holiday Show. This wonderful show features work in the gallery by some of our super talented students and many of the amazing instructors we are lucky to have teaching in the studio. Some of the special exhibition pieces are just for show (and tell) but much is for sale so you are certain to find some remarkable gifts in the gallery for the holidays! Find the perfect holiday gift while supporting the studio, its students and teachers. You simply can't go wrong! The reception (and anniversary party) is always a blast but if you can't make it be sure to visit the show running December 2 – 30.

Saturday, December 12, 6:30-10:00, is the Student/Teacher show reception and Anniversary Party! This gala event is a great opportunity to meet other students, teachers, and local jewelry artists. We will also be offering generous deals on tools, the perfect gift for you or your jeweler friends. Expect tasty finger food, drinks and a few surprises. Hope to see you there!

Swap Meet

Saturday, April 4, 10-2 at Danaca Design Studio

Swap Meet

BUY SELL TRADE - NO COST - GOOD TIMES

Reserve your vendor spot now!

ANNIVERSARY PARTY AND SHOW RECEPTION

Friday, December 5, 6:00 – 9:30pm

Anniversary Party

Find the perfect holiday gift and help us turn it up to 11! This annual event features jewelry by Danaca Design studio teachers and students. This annual extravaganza is a great opportunity to meet some of the wonderful people who make Danaca Design such a special place. Enjoy excellent company, refreshments and delicious treats from Bodrum Bistro in Wallingford.

The Key Transformation

The Key Transformation Exhibit

The current Danaca Design Jewelry Challenge, The Key Transformation, is on exhibit in the gallery through November 8, 2014. Each artist received a key, the most boring pad-lock key imaginable, identical except for the ware. The result is remarkable. These pieces demonstrate an excellent range of metalsmithing possibilities as interpreted by a handful of diverse artists, students through seasoned smiths. They are very fun. Come by and take a look, the variety is pretty awesome! See more images at our Facebook page.

Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri 11-6, Sat 10-6

The Fifth Annual HOUSE RULES! Event

Friday, May 2, 2014 6 - 9pm

House Show 2014

The House Rules! is an annual fundraising event highlighting the Danaca Design Studio "crew". Our crew creates and raffles a collaborative neckpiece (this year we have two again!) and arranges a small silent auction with donations from the crew and friends. Funds raised from the raffle and silent auction go directly to the Danaca Design Jewelry Art Stimulus Fund, our scholarship program. Raffle tickets are only $5.00 and are available in the studio, from someone in the crew or at the event. View the collaborative raffle necklaces above.

This is a great opportunity to support the studio and its crew, get a gift for Mother's day, support a student and maybe take home the grand prize, an outrageously cool necklace (or two)! Please join us to celebrate. We will have delicious treats from Café Paloma.

Silent Action closes at 8:00pm!

Raffle tickets drawn at 8:30pm (you do not need to be present to win!)

The Danaca Design Studio "Crew"

The crew at Danaca Design is a widely varied group of artists who help out with administration and maintenance as studio monitors and gallery attendants. Below are the 2014 House Show contributors, with some insights into the wonderful folks who make Danaca Design Studio a great place to be.

Dana Cassara is an artist and maker, who discovered jewelry in the early 90's. The medium of metal, combined with just about anything else provides her with a surplus of creative and technical opportunities. Making jewelry, unlike many other artistic pursuits, demands a level of attention which requires absolute concentration and patience, generating an internal calm difficult to attain any other way. In addition to owning and teaching at Danaca Design Studio, Dana creates a wide variety of custom jewelry pieces.

Allan Thorne got his start making jewelry when a friend showed him how to solder. Years later, he began taking jewelry making classes at the Los Angeles County Museum. Shortly thereafter, he created a jewelry studio in his living room, providing a creative outlet to cope with the stress of life in Los Angeles. In 1992, he took up residence in Seattle and went on to work out of the Danaca Design Studio where he presently teaches enameling and makes jewelry. Allan, among the founding members of Danaca Design Studio, is a weekly monitor who shows regularly in the Studio gallery. He is a true friend to the Studio and the best bartender during our open houses!

Amy Brounstein took her first wax carving class in 2002, which led her to enroll at the American Jeweler's Institute. After spending three years snowboarding in Mt. Hood, Oregon, she decided to move to Carlsbad, CA to attend the Gemological Institute of America where she learned about gemology, jewelry design and fabrication. After graduation, she designed costume jewelry for a company in San Diego. Now in Seattle, she is a member at the studio, where you will also find her tending the gallery once a week.

Brenda Cregeen began working with beads in 2005. She then discovered the joys of working with metal in 2008 while taking classes at Danaca Design. She enjoys making jewelry and studying new techniques. Brenda's designs are influenced by traditional shapes, brilliant surfaces, and beautiful gemstones. Brenda is currently our primary studio maintenance gal keeping the space tidy and the pickle strong!

Carly Kellogg discovered her love for metalsmithing in Portland, Oregon at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, where she completed her B.F.A. in 2009. Since then, she's been traveling and teaching in Peru, living and loving in Argentina, and, most recently, making her way back to Seattle to attend graduate school. She graduated in 2013 with a M.S. in Nutrition from Bastyr University.

Being artful and making things with her hands will always be two of Carly's favorite things. She uses art as meditation, a way to practice being present. Carly's helps out as a gallery attendant when we are lucky enough to have her in town.

Charise Randell began her artistic career designing women's apparel professionally in Seattle. Her love for creating fashion extended naturally to jewelry, and her work reflects an appreciation for romantic European elements and delicate feminine detail. Using combinations of semi-precious stones, enamel, and silver, Charise crafts each piece to create individual and unique wearable art. Charise is a long-time friend who I first met as a student many years ago. Charise is a weekly studio monitor and her work is available in the Danaca Design Studio Gallery.

Erika Laureano was born into art and encouraged by her mother, a painter, who took her to galleries and openings. She studied Fashion Design at Virginia Commonwealth University and worked in the fashion industry for 15 years. Now living near Seattle, she finds that the bold colors of high fashion and the subtle textures in nature inform her current jewelry line. Erika's unique and ever-evolving work is regularly available in the Danaca Design Studio Gallery, among many other classy venues, including the Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle. Erika is a currently a weekly gallery attendant in the studio who merchandises like no other.

Jennifer Forland was born in Astoria, Oregon and grew up in Poulsbo, Washington. She has been making art for pretty much as long as she can remember - drawing, printmaking, pottery and photography at North Kitsap High School, followed by a minor in photography at WWU in Bellingham. She got her start with metal crafting at North Seattle Community College, when she took a class from Dana Cassara, and began incorporating metal work into her repertoire. She exhibits at craft shows around the region and has been a regular exhibitor in the Danaca Design Studio gallery for years. Jennifer is a current member in the studio and tends the gallery weekly.

Juan Reyes began studying silversmithing in 1995 at North Seattle Community College and since then has developed extensive expertise in a wide range of techniques including lapidary and goldsmithing. He is generous with his knowledge, patient beyond measure and well-loved for his helpful, non-judging nature. Originally from Mexico, Juan brings warmth and creativity to the studio. Juan is also a practicing massage therapist so if that crick in your neck is making it hard to saw, he can fix it! Juan teaches regularly the studio and currently exhibits in the gallery.

Kristen Hummel has been making jewelry since she was 15, when she discovered high school jewelry making class had more to do with metal and fire than beads and string. Now she makes jewelry and small-scale hollow forms. Working mostly in silver, copper, and brass, she particularly likes making homes for found objects and discarded parts of failed experiments. Kristen is currently doing administrative work for the studio, as well as helping to manage the tools and supplies, tend the gallery and prep for classes. Kristen is our girl Friday.

Nancy Hom's creativity was nurtured early on by her mother, from whom she learned the intricacies of sewing, knitting and crocheting. These skills, coupled with her mother's example as a sewing machine operator and freelance jewelry maker, encouraged Nancy to pursue her own dreams of becoming a designer. Nancy has enjoyed success as an apparel designer for the past 30 years, and began her own jewelry line under the name Sunlan Designs in 2007. Nancy's pride in her Chinese heritage, and desire to honor her beloved mother, are the inspiration for each piece in the Sunlan collection. Nancy is a weekly studio monitor/mother, the Jewelry Arts Scholarship coordinator, and all around good egg who helps whenever and however she can. Nancy is also the primary House Show coordinator. Thank you Nancy!

Nanz Aalund received her BFA in Jewelry Arts from Northern Illinois University, and her MFA in Metalsmithing from the University of Washington. She has taught jewelry making and design for many years, and has won a number of jewelry design awards, including an AGTA Spectrum Award, two Platinum Guild International Awards, and two DeBeers Diamond's Today Awards. Throughout her career, Nanz has traveled to Berlin, Paris, London, Florence, San Francisco, and New York to study jewelry design and manufacturing. Nanz teaches regularly at Danaca Design Studio and we are fortunate to have her as a current member in the studio, where she is always willing to offer helpful tips and insights.

Sophie Lipitz is a junior at the Northwest School and has been making jewelry for four years. Her jewelry is primarily inspired by the delicate balance between the natural world and the mechanism of metalworking. She has spent the last five summers attending and then working at Buck's Rock camp as an instructor in the metals shop. As Danaca Design's most recent Youth Stimulus Scholarship student she began a mentored independent study with Juan Reyes this past Fall. Sophie's favorite mediums and techniques include resin, enamel, and forming. Sophie contributed a 6" length of chain to our raffle necklace. Her work will also be featured during the House Show.

Tegan Wallace has been metalsmithing since she was 15. Since then she's been creating one-of-a-kind and limited-edition jewelry lines combining precious metals with other materials, sold in galleries and at art fairs across the country. Her work juxtaposes smooth precise lines with more freeform organic ones. Tegan is a weekly gallery attendant, occasional monitor and substitute teacher. If you call when Tegan is tending the house, you will always get a friendly and helpful voice on the other line.

Tory Herford was raised in a rural environment, and spent countless hours observing and interacting with the wonders of nature. Tory's work involves nature or natural themes, with an emphasis on organic forms and textures. Considering herself more a sculptor than a jeweler, she often works directly from natural or found objects, taking them out of their original context so they can be experienced in new ways. Tory is our longest surviving studio member!

Jewelers' Tool & Supply Swap Meet at Danaca Design

Saturday, April 19, 10 - 3pm

Come by and check out the treasures: stones, beads, metals, great used tools, and MORE!

Come Help us Celebrate!

10 Year Anniversary

Anniversary Party & Show Reception, Friday, December 6, 6-9pm

Please join Danaca Design Studio in celebrating 10 years of success bringing Seattle classes, gallery showings, supplies, and community for jewelry makers and metalsmiths from all walks of life.

Come out for a festive evening of great food, drinks, happy people and lots and lots of jewelry. Find the perfect holiday gift while supporting terrific teachers and stunning students!

Student & Teacher Exhibition:

November 29 – December 28, 2013

Featuring Jewelry by Students and Teachers at Danaca Design Studio

Exhibition Reception and Anniversary Party: Friday, December 6, 6-9pm.

Jewelry Challenge in the Gallery: Summer Vacation!

Jewelry inspired by a past or future summer vacation. Memories or dreams brought to life! On exhibit July and August 2013.

Please join us for,

The Fourth Annual HOUSE RULES! Event

Saturday, May 4, 2013 12-6pm

House Show

The House Rules! is an annual fundraising event highlighting the Danaca Design Studio "crew". Our crew creates and raffles a collaborative neckpiece, organizes a small silent auction with donations from the crew and friends and shows off their jewelry. We raise funds for our scholarship program, the Danaca Design Jewelry Art Stimulus Fund. This year we have two raffle necklaces! Tickets are available now at the studio, from someone in the crew or at the event. Raffles tickets only $5.00! View the necklaces.

This is a great opportunity to support the studio and its crew, get a gift for mother's day, support a student and maybe take home the grand prize, an outrageously cool necklace (or two)! Please join us to celebrate. We will have delicious treats from Café Paloma.

This year we are hosting our event on a spring day with demonstrations by local metalsmiths. Get a taste for what you could learn at the studio!

Silent Action closes at 4:30pm!

Raffle ticket drawn at 5:00pm (you do not need to be present to win!)

The studio crew is a diverse group of artists. They are our studio monitors and maintainers, bookkeeper and admins, IT department and gallery attendants. Each contribute something special to make Danaca Design studio a wholly unique spot in the city, an awesome place to take classes, and an overall a wonderful place to be. They support this event to make access to the studio available to others.

Our Participants:

Chrissy Burd started making jewelry in 2005, studying at North Seattle Community College and Danaca Design Metal Crafting Center. This has given her the solid silversmithing foundation on which she stands today. Chrissy is often inspired by the scrap bin and endeavors to find motivating solutions to art's many questions. Her jewelry design demonstrates her ability to create interest with three dimensional metal and promises to make the world a better place one ring at a time.

Dana Cassara is a maker. She has investigated many mediums throughout her life but jewelry, metalsmithing combined with just about anything else, provides her with a surplus of creative and technical opportunities. Making jewelry, unlike many other artistic pursuits, demands a level of attention that requires absolute concentration and patience, generating an internal calm difficult to attain any other way. In addition to owning and managing Danaca Design Studio she teaches regularly and creates a wide variety of custom jewelry.

Brenda Cregeen began working with beads in 2005. She discovered the joys of working with metal in 2008 while taking classes at Danaca Designs. She enjoys making jewelry and studying new techniques. Brenda's designs are influenced by traditional shapes, brilliant surfaces, and beautiful gemstones.

Jane Drucker, a Seattle interior designer, began making jewelry 10 years ago. In her jewelry she explores the contrasting qualities of metal and other materials. In her necklace series she calls "Unzipped," the cast zipper is peeled back to reveal a hidden pearl or gem on enamel or Niello, much as the zipper on a woman's dress, when slightly unzipped, reveals hidden treasures! Far less whimsical, and more architectural, are the magnet clasped pieces that contrast the rigid ribbing of the silver surfaces to the more fluid texture of melted silver. Jane has also made pieces from castings she has done from organic treasures found on walks in the woods. "Jewelry is a way of exploring, in miniature, the artistic concepts I express in my interior design work."

Jennifer Forland was born in Astoria, Oregon and grew up in Poulsbo, Washington. She has been making art for pretty much as long as she remembers - drawing, printmaking, pottery and photography at North Kitsap High School followed by a minor in photography at WWU in Bellingham. She got her start with metal crafting at North Seattle Community College when she took a class from Dana Cassara and began incorporating metal work into her repertoire. She has exhibited at craft shows around the region, been featured in the West Seattle Art Walk, and is currently working on a fabric project for Center Studio in White Center that will be exhibited in May, 2013. She is inspired by whimsy, nature and human relationships – all which show up in her varied works. You can find her online at Jenniferforland.com.

Tory Herford was raised in a rural environment, and spent countless hours observing and interacting with the wonders of nature. Tory's work involves nature or natural themes, with an emphasis on organic forms and textures. Considering herself more a sculptor than a jeweler, she often works directly from natural or found objects, taking them out of their original context so that they can be experienced in new ways.

Nancy Hom's mother, Sun Lan, always nurtured her daughter's creativity by teaching her the intricacies of sewing, knitting and crocheting. These skills, coupled with her mother's example as a sewing machine operator and freelance jewelry maker encouraged Nancy to pursue her own dreams of becoming a designer. Nancy has enjoyed success as an apparel designer for the past 30 years, and began her own jewelry line under the name Sunlan Designs in 2007. Nancy's pride in her Chinese heritage and desire to honor her beloved mother are the inspiration for each piece in the Sunlan collection.

Erika Laureano was born into art, encouraged by her mother, a painter, who took her galleries and openings. She studied Fashion Design at Virginia Commonwealth University and worked in the fashion industry for 15 years. Now living near Seattle, she finds that the bold colors of high fashion and the subtle textures in nature inform her current jewelry line.

Allan Thorne got his start in making jewelry when a friend showed him how to solder. Years later he began taking jewelry-making classes at the Los Angeles County Museum. Shortly thereafter he created a jewelry studio in his living room, providing a creative outlet to cope with the stress of life in Los Angeles. In 1992, he took up residence in Seattle and went on to work out of the Danaca Design Metal Crafting Center & Gallery, where he presently teaches enameling and makes jewelry.

Charise Randell began her artistic career designing women's apparel professionally in Seattle. Her love for creating fashion extended naturally to jewelry, and her work reflects an appreciation for romantic European elements and delicate feminine detail. Using combinations of semi-precious stones, enamel, and silver, Charise crafts each piece to create individual and unique wearable art.

Hoosier through and through, Amelia Upton moved to Seattle in 2011 after graduating from Indiana University. There she first encountered metalworking, while studying art history and studio arts. Her interest and passion for metalsmithing and jewelry design brought Amelia cross country. She dabbles in many techniques still looking to better define her specific hallmarks. Very interested in enamels and found objects, Amelia continues to explore the relationship between the body and adornment in her work.

Tegan Wallace has been metalsmithing since she was 15. Since then she has been creating one-of-a-kind and limited-edition jewelry lines combining precious metals with other materials, sold in galleries and at art fairs across the country. Her work juxtaposes smooth precise lines with more freeform organic ones.

The House Rules! Scholarship Fundraising Event

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 12-6pm

Demonstrations begin at 12:00

Silent Auction closes at 4:30

Raffle Ticket Drawing 5:00 (you do not need to be present to win!)

The studio crew is a diverse group of artists. They are our studio monitors and maintainers, bookkeeper, IT department, and gallery attendants. Each contribute something special to make Danaca Design studio a wholly unique spot in the city, an awesome place to take classes, and an overall a wonderful place to be.

This year we celebrate our 9th Year Anniversary!

Student and Teacher Exhibition: November 28 – December 30, 2012

Featuring Jewelry by Students and Teachers at Danaca Design Studio

Find the perfect holiday gift while supporting terrific teachers and stunning students!

Exhibition Reception and Anniversary Party: Thursday, December 13, 6–9pm.

Please join Danaca Design Studio in celebrating 9 years of classes, gallery showings, supplies, and community for jewelry makers and metalsmiths from all walks of life. Refreshments always served.

2012 marks the ninth year of Danaca Design on University Avenue. Every year in mid- December, we celebrate the continued success of the studio with a big holiday party and show. It has become tradition that this show features the work of both students and teachers at Danaca Design. Join us for a warm, festive evening of great food, drinks, happy people and lots and lots of jewelry. Find the perfect holiday gift while supporting terrific teachers and stunning students!

SMG NW Jewelry and Metal Arts Symposium
Presenters' Reception

Friday, October 19, 2012, 6-8pm

Join Seattle Metals Guild members for the Pre-Symposium Reception, Friday night before the 17th Annual NW Jewelry and Metal Arts Symposium. It is open to Symposium attendees as well as those who can't make it on Saturday. Mingle with the presenters and all manner of makers and metals fans.

Also, if you are interested:

The 17th Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium

Saturday, October 20th, 2012 from 9am-5:30pm

The Broadway Performance Hall on Capitol Hill, 1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

Presentations this year:

Kevin Glenn Crane, Phil Baldwin on the life and art of Bernard Hosey, Julia Harrison, Merrily Tompkins And, finally, Job It Out, four outsourcing experts giving the scoop on casting, metal spinning, etching and jewelry manufacturing and repair trade shop services.

Details at www.seattlemetalsguild.org

Registration at Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/273515

3x2 show

3x2 show

The 3x2 show is a collaborative effort between the Seattle Metals Guild and the International Society of Glass Bead-makers. This collaboration displays the talent of both the glass bead artist and metalsmith. The pieces are totally unique and definitely worth stopping into the gallery to see! Danaca Design is hosting the second installment of this show August 7 – September 8.

Spring Open House –
New Season, New Look in the Gallery!

Open House May 19, 2012

Come see what's new! Saturday, May 19, 12-6pm. Artist demonstrations begin at 1:00 and will include hot forging, torch fire enameling, sand casting and more! For a complete schedule of demos visit our Facebook page.

Light refreshments and new work by talented local artists including: Carolina Andersson, Amanda Bristow, Lane Bueche, Dana Cassara, Brenda Cregeen, Jane Drucker, Jennifer Forland, Peggy Foy, Aran Galligan, Amy Hamblin, Tory Herford, Emily Hickman, Nancy Hom, Linnie Kendrick, Erika Laureano, Angela Muhlnickel, Charise Randell, Betsy Resnick, Birna Sigurbjornsdottir, Alan Thorne, Tegan Wallace, and Rima Zikas.

Eight Year Anniversary Show: December 2-31, 2011

Featuring Jewelry by Danaca Design Students and Teachers

Reception and Anniversary Party: Saturday, December 10, 2011, 6-10pm

2011 marks the eighth year of Danaca Design on University Avenue. Every year in mid December we celebrate the continued success of the studio with a big holiday party and show. It has become tradition that this show and sale feature the work of both students of and teachers at Danaca Design. Join us for a warm, festive evening of great food, drinks, happy people and lots and lots of jewelry. Find the perfect holiday gift while supporting terrific teachers and stunning students!

Catering provided by Café Paloma.

The House Rules! Show:
Jewelry Exhibition November 8-29, 2011

Featuring jewelry by the Danaca Design Studio Crew

Opening Reception and Fundraising Events: Saturday, November 19, 2011

Demonstrations begin at 4:00pm; Reception begins at 6:00pm

This totally fun event, the first of two big pre-holiday parties, features an exhibition of work by members of the Danaca Design Studio crew, a silent auction, demonstrations, and a great raffle for our collaborative neckpiece (shown here). Proceeds from the auction and raffle will be used to endow the Danaca Design Jewelry Art Stimulus Fund.

Raffle tickets are only $5.00! They are available in the studio now and during the event.

Silent Auction will close at 8:30pm, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011
Raffle ticket will be drawn at 9:00pm, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011

You do not have to be present to win, however the party is sure to be a good time so put it on your calendar. Celebrate the studio with the entire crew and delicious treats from Café Paloma. Pick up a few gifts for the holidays and maybe take home the grand prize, an outrageously cool necklace!

The studio crew is a diverse group of artists. They are our studio monitors and maintainers, bookkeeper, IT department, and gallery attendants. Featured artists this year are Allan Thorn, Barbara Knuth, Birna Sigurbjornsdottir, Brenda Cregeen, Charise Randell, Chrissy Burd, Dana Cassara, Erika Laureano, Geoffrey Barker, Jennifer Forland, Kristin Holden, Nancy Hom, Rima Zikas, Sylvia Kantor, Tegan Wallace.

Allan Thorne

Born in Bellow's Falls Vermont, Allan Thorne got his start in making jewelry when a friend showed him how to solder. He fashioned a pair of earrings, and they actually sold.

Years later he began taking jewelry-making classes at the Los Angeles County Museum, and shortly thereafter created his own home jewelry studio in his living room, providing a creative outlet to cope with the stress of life in Los Angeles.

In 1992, he took up residence in Seattle and went on to work out of the Danaca Design Metal Crafting Center & Gallery, where he presently teaches and makes jewelry.

His artistic interests extend beyond jewelry-making to photography, painting, and creative writing.

Barbara Knuth

Barbara was born in central Wisconsin in 1983. She has been actively making sculpture and body adornment for over six years and during this time has received a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from UW-Whitewater as well as an MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from San Diego State University. She has recently given artist lectures at the Art Institute of Chicago, Arizona State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Recent exhibitions include Craftforms 2009, Wayne, PA, Materials Hard and Soft, Denton, TX, SNAG: No Boundaries, Houston, TX, and The Intercollegiate Metals Exhibition, Tempe, AZ. Recent publications include 500 Pendants and Lockets, Lark Books, 2008 and The Pewter Studio, Lark Books, 2010. Her future goals included a career as an artist, metalsmith, and educator.

Birna Sigurbjornsdottir

Coming from a long heritage of master-goldsmiths and artists, Icelandic-born jewelry artist Birna Sigurbjornsdottir has found her niche in creating beautiful, organic jewelry that allows every woman to feel unique while wearing it. Through her work she connects more deeply with her homeland of Iceland, a land of ice and fire, surrounded by water and myth. Her inspiration grows from that legacy.

"I am most influenced by the rugged landscape of my country: the fields of lava, the crashing waves of the northern seas on moonlit rocky beaches, and this imagery comes through in my creations. Much of my jewelry looks as if it was created underwater, an enchanted net rolling around on the bottom of the sea, picking up sparkling bits of silver shells and gems from the ocean floor. Some of my work looks as if it catches the ethereal shimmer moonlight makes as it hits the surface of dark water. Every piece holds a story of its incarnation, whether told by me or discovered by the wearer." www.birnajewelry.com

Charise Randell

Charise Randell began her artisitic career designing women?s apparel professionally in Seattle for collections including Eddie Bauer?s AKA, internationally for Sergio Valente and for Halogen & Live a Little, available at Nordstrom. Her love for creating fashion extended naturally to jewelry, and her work reflects an appreciation for romantic European elements and delicate feminine detail.

"Creating beautiful objects to adorn the body has been a passion of mine for some time. My pieces are handcrafted and designed with the wearer in mind and are inspired by my appreciation for beauty in art and nature.

When the wearer adorns herself with a piece of my jewelry, I hope she feels that it enhances her own natural beauty."

Using combinations of semi-precious stones, enamel, and silver, each piece is crafted to create an individual and unique piece of wearable art.

Chrissy Burd

Chrissy Burd came to jewelry-making in 2005 at North Seattle Community College under the fine tutelage of Dana Cassara. With the desire to make dazzling rings using beach glass and other found objects, she set up a small studio at home and attended classes at Danaca Design Metal Crafting Center whenever possible to create the solid silversmithing foundation that she stands on today. Chrissy graduated from Syracuse University in 1992 with a BA in Architecture and has toiled, with varying levels of success, at numerous creative endeavors, including: screen-printing, drawing, painting, parenting, encaustic, photography, sculpture, writing, sewing, collage, and even a brief dabble in shoe-making. Chrissy is often inspired by the ?scrap-bin? and looks to find motivating solutions to art's many questions. Her jewelry design, while still in the stages of infancy (or toddlerhood), demonstrates her ability to create interest with three dimensions of metal and promises to make the world a better place one ring at a time. I love Chrissy Burd.

Dana Cassara

Dana Cassara has been making jewelry since she was about 8. She began with seed beads, first making daises chain necklaces. Later she taught herself to weave them into bracelets with complex designs she drew on graph paper as well as thread them onto brass safety pins precisely constructed into wide bangles. After getting her ears pierced she began making earrings. These stylish pieces where made from thin cardboard cut into modern shapes then carefully wrapped in origami paper, or shinny candy wrappers, and finally coated with clear nail polish.

In the early 90's she took her first metalsmithing and jewelry design class and has been passionate about it ever since. This medium, metal combined with just about anything else, provides Dana with a surplus of creative and technical opportunities. This fact along with the intimate scale of jewelry, make it a truly satisfying process one that never fails to inspire design. Making jewelry, unlike many of her other artistic pursuits, demands a level of attention that requires absolute concentration and patience. This necessary focus generates a sort of internal calm difficult to attain any other way. It is an active meditation. The personal nature of jewelry adds yet another dimension one that brings sentiment into the practice. Dana enjoys making gifts and sentimental pieces best.

Teaching and facilitating the art of making jewelry is fundamental in Dana's life however at the core is the simply joy of making.

Brenda Cregeen

Brenda Cregeen began beading earrings and eyeglass chains in 2005, then discovered working with metal in 2008 taking classes at Danaca Designs. I enjoy making jewelry in my spare time and taking classes to learn new techniques. I like to use traditional shapes, texture and shape the metal, and set gemstones to make jewelry.

Geoffrey Barker

"I have difficulty calling myself a metal smith or a potter or an IT consultant but I am those things. The broader truth is that I am a maker. The media is unimportant. This has been true for me since I made my first airplane at the age of 4. I am not always a skilled maker (the airplane did not take me off the ground) but I am always an enthusiastic maker.

I have always been intrigued by how things come together to make new things. More specifically, I wonder about the thought process that spawned this particular juxtaposition. For me, when I set out to make an object, I sometimes have a clear idea of the end result and at other times, I only have an element or a doodle to begin with. Always though, I have this internal assembly/disassembly movie that I find captivating. I see the object in my head and turn it around. I pass through layers to understand it's insides or add layers to see it whole. I try to imagine how this pressing on that will manifest a pin back that stays closed (or not) or a retaining wall that will not fall over (or will). The actual building of a thing is an entirely different affair. It has its own pleasures and rewards but the thing I appreciate most about building is that it enriches the vocabulary and scenery of my internal films.

Most recently I have been working in chasing & repousse, metal fabrication, clay and lapidary disciplines. I?ve also been building a new shop from the foundation up."

Kristin Holden

After a successful career in marketing Kristin left the corporate world to raise a family and inadvertently, realize her talent as a jewelry designer. She moved beyond the boundary of beads and wire just a few years ago and has uncovered a love for working in silver. Captivated by etched and roll printed patterns she began exploring her first series of pieces using plates she created by hand-drawing resists for etching, then roll printing them in a rolling mill creating charming and totally unique surfaces. Kristin still loves beads but now makes them herself, not one the same. Most recently wax carving has grabbed her attention and the possibilities continue to expand. Kristin enthusiastically teaches art weekly at the cooperative school her daughter attends.

Nancy Hom

As a young child Nancy Hom's mother, Sun Lan Hom, nurtured her daughter's creativity, by teaching her the intricacies of sewing, knitting and crocheting. These skills, coupled with her mother's example as a sewing machine operator and freelance jewelry maker encouraged Nancy to pursue her own dreams of becoming a designer. Nancy has enjoyed success as an apparel designer for the past 30 years, and began her own jewelry line under the name, Sunlan Designs in 2007. Nancy's pride in her Chinese heritage and desire to honor her beloved mother are the inspiration for each piece in the Sunlan collection. Her work is sold locally in Seattle to help promote communities and causes close to home.

To view more pieces, visit www.sunlandesigns.com

Rima Zikas

Rima Zikas began creating jewelry during an extended stay abroad in 2005. Searching for a creative outlet, she signed up for a metalsmithing class at Sydney Community College on a whim, and found a true passion for the medium. Since that time, Rima has honed her skills at Danaca Design evolving her technique and cultivating her talent. Her work displays a fluid melding of the geometric and the organic, often coming together in a final form that surprises even her.

Sylvia Kantor

Sylvia Kantor has been making things since she was three, or at least as far back as she can remember, working with many materials including blocks, fabric, wood, paper, computers, cameras, pencils, paint, beads, fiber, food, plants, and most recently, metal. She officially began her foray into metalsmithing in 2008 with a jewelry class from Pratt Fine Arts Center. Two years later, and with several classes at North Seattle Community College and Danaca Design, the honeymoon is definitely not over. Creating jewelry fuses her penchant for problem solving and detail, a need to work with her hands, and the creative urge. The result is a mental and physical balance she finds very satisfying. When Sylvia is not working at Danaca Design or making jewelry she is a researcher, editor, and writer currently focused on sustainability, bioenergy, and climate change as a research associate with the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources. Sylvia is delighted to be part of the crew at Danaca Design and to contribute occasionally to the Seattle Metals Guild newsletter (but she finds writing about herself in third person somewhat uncomfortable).

Tegan Wallace

"I have been working with metal for 18 years, beginning as a studio assistant for Pat Lown on Bainbridge Island. I was fortunate enough to attend a high school with a full jewelry studio and devoted as much time as possible during my senior year to soldering, sawing, and sanding. Though I went on to study other topics in college, metal arts remained my number-one passion. Eventually I realized that to deny jewelry making was to deny myself, and, with that in mind, set up a studio and took classes anywhere I could find them. Along the way I have also been fortunate to learn from a host of accomplished metal artists, finding a great deal of support in places like Danaca Design. I am currently represented by Danaca Design and Artisan on Taylor (Pt Townsend), and am participating in this the November Best of the Northwest show and Pratt Fine Arts Holiday Sale."

Erika Laureano

"I was born into art, having watched my mother paint on enormous canvases. I remember being fascinated with the tubes of brightly colored oils and acrylics and the amazing lines her work would produce. I spent my childhood behind the scenes at her gallery, framing my own art work and meeting interesting artists at many art openings.

I received my BFA in Fashion Design from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. While in Richmond I intensely focused on fashion illustration, dabbled in painting as well as ceramics. I have spent the last 15 years working in the fashion industry in NYC, Virginia and Seattle. I also paint with acrylics, oils, encaustic wax, and collage with found objects. The bold colors of high fashion, combined with the subtle textures in nature inspire my jewelry designs as I continue to grasp techniques I have learned in the past year at Danaca. I have since incorporated some of what I've learned about enameling and riveting metal into my canvases."

Jennifer Forland

Jennifer Forland got her start with metal crafting at North Seattle Community College when she took a class from Dana Cassara. She is most inspired by techniques that require a bit of danger (piercing, soldering and enamels) and by artists who use alternative materials in their work. As a Libra, her other crafty hobbies include all the skills that help her make things pretty, but maybe not traditionally pretty. She has a minor in photography from Western Washington University and spent several years working in a picture-framing shop while in college. She also enjoys playing with fabric and gathering unusual materials from various sources.

Seventh Year Anniversary Party and Show

Featuring Jewelry by Danaca Design Students and Teachers

Party and Show reception: Saturday, December 11, 6-10pm

Show runs: December 8 - 31, 2010

2010 marks the seventh year of Danaca Design on University Avenue. Every year in mid December we celebrate the continued success of the studio with a big holiday party and show. It has become tradition that this show and sale feature the work of both students of and teachers at Danaca Design. Join us for a warm, festive evening of great food, drinks, happy people and lots and lots of jewelry. Find the perfect holiday gift while supporting terrific teachers and stunning students!

The House Rules 2010!

Group Jewelry Art Show and Scholarship Fundraiser

Featuring jewelry by the Danaca Design Studio Crew

November 9 – December 4, 2010

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 13, 6 – 9:30pm

This year we are showcasing 14 artists who make up the crew at Danaca Design. The reception and fundraising event Saturday, November 13, 2010 will feature a silent auction with jewelry and other donated items. In addition we will raffle a collaborative neckpiece composed of fabricated beads donated by the show participants (last year's necklace is featured on our postcard this year). Proceeds from the auction and raffle will be used to endow the Danaca Design Jewelry Art Stimulus Fund.

Raffle tickets are available for only $5.00, our masterpiece could be yours!

Silent Auction will close at 8:00pm, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010

Raffle ticket will be drawn at 9:00pm, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010

You do not have to be present to win, however the party is sure to be a good time so you won't want to leave! Find a perfect gift and maybe a great bargain while supporting the jewelry arts! Catering will be provided by Cafe Paloma.

Featured artists: Allan Thorn, Barbara Knuth, Birna Sigurbjornsdottir, Charise Randell, Chrissy Burd, Dana Cassara, Geoffrey Barker, Kathleen Kennedy, Kristin Holden, Nancy Hom, Ramona Bell, Rima Zikas, Sylvia Kantor, Tegan Wallace.

Colored Gemstone Sale!

Monday, October 25, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Featuring stones by Greg Brancati.

Colored Gemstones Event Greg Brancati is a highly skilled lapidary who has been cutting stones for the last 25 years. His experience includes several years of work in the jewelry field. Greg has expertise in faceting a wide range of different materials. Several of his faceted stones have won "Cutting Edge" awards from the American Gem Trade Association. Greg will be showing us stones in a wide price range starting at around $10.00 so don't be afraid to stop by and have a look!

Aran Galligan Trunk Show

July 16, 2010
Friday, 6-9pm
Aran is off to graduate school in August.
Come say good-bye and buy something to help support her future!

Check out photos of some of the jewelry posted on our facebook fan page!

Sixth Year Anniversary Party and Sale!

Featuring the work of Students and Teachers

Please join us Saturday evening, December 12, for our biggest event of the year! We'll eat delicious food, drink and experience first hand the excellent work of the students and teachers at Danaca Design. Find the perfect gift while supporting a student or a teacher! Come before dinner, or after dinner, or for dinner! And bring your friends!

December 12, 2009, 6pm - 10pm

The House Rules!

Group Jewelry Art Show and Scholarship Fundraiser

November 14 - December 10, 2009

Reception and Fundraising event:
Saturday, November 21, 6pm - 10pm

The House Rules! will showcase the 11 artists who serve as the in-house volunteer crew at Danaca Design. The reception and fundraising event Saturday, November 21 will feature a silent auction with jewelry and other items donated by the crew. In addition we will raffle a collaborative neckpiece composed of beads fabricated and donated by the show participants. Proceeds from the auction and raffle will be used to endow the Danaca Design Jewelry Art Stimulus Fund.

Raffle tickets are available now. Only $5.00 and our masterpiece could be yours!

Silent Auction will close at 8:00pm, Saturday, November 21, 2009

Raffle ticket will be drawn at 9:30pm, Saturday, November 21, 2009

You do not have to be present to win, however the party is sure to be a good time so you won?t want to leave! Find a perfect gift and maybe a great bargain while supporting the jewelry arts! Catering will be provided by Cafe Paloma.

View the Silent Auction items.

The House Rules! Show Participants:

Dina Baloyan

Dina Baloyan always knew that jewelry was an important part of her life. Constantly wishing she could modify her rings and necklaces she decided one day to take a jewelry making class. She started silversmithing classes at the 92Y in New York City in 2004 and felt an instant connection to the metal.

Today, she lives in Seattle where she continues to learn and explore the art of metalsmithing. Dina is known in the jewelry shop as the artist with the smallest, most delicate components, continually astounding all who watches her work.

With a former education in Computer and Information Science, Dina Baloyan is now the founder of B.Dina jewelry and a supporter of independent designers!

Geoffrey Barker

"I have difficulty calling myself a metal smith or a potter or an IT consultant but I am those things. The broader truth is that I am a maker. The media is unimportant. This has been true for me since I made my first airplane at the age of 4. I am not always a skilled maker (the airplane did not take me off the ground) but I am always an enthusiastic maker.

I have always been intrigued by how things come together to make new things. More specifically, I wonder about the thought process that spawned this particular juxtaposition. For me, when I set out to make an object, I sometimes have a clear idea of the end result and at other times, I only have an element or a doodle to begin with. Always though, I have this internal assembly/disassembly movie that I find captivating. I see the object in my head and turn it around. I pass through layers to understand it's insides or add layers to see it whole. I try to imagine how this pressing on that will manifest a pin back that stays closed (or not) or a retaining wall that will not fall over (or will). The actual building of a thing is an entirely different affair. It has its own pleasures and rewards but the thing I appreciate most about building is that it enriches the vocabulary and scenery of my internal films.

Most recently I have been working in chasing & repousse, metal fabrication, clay and lapidary disciplines. I?ve also been building a new shop from the foundation up."

Ramona Bell

When she was seventeen, Ramona Bell fell in love with antique jewellery, Art nouveau and Bohemian garnets to be precise. The wish to be able to create these miniature pieces of art herself started to fill her dreams ever since. After a 3 year apprenticeship as goldsmith in Germany and several years of work in different jewellery galleries there was nothing more exiting, than experimenting with plastic, aluminium, rusty iron, fur, you name it. Circumstances changed and so did her job. A long break from her craft was the result. Dana's Studio gave her the possibility to come back to smiting, soldering, sawing, you name it.

Chrissy Burd

Chrissy Burd came to jewelry-making in 2005 at North Seattle Community College under the fine tutelage of Dana Cassara. With the desire to make dazzling rings using beach glass and other found objects, she set up a small studio at home and attended classes at Danaca Design Metal Crafting Center whenever possible to create the solid silversmithing foundation that she stands on today. Chrissy graduated from Syracuse University in 1992 with a BA in Architecture and has toiled, with varying levels of success, at numerous creative endeavors, including: screen-printing, drawing, painting, parenting, encaustic, photography, sculpture, writing, sewing, collage, and even a brief dabble in shoe-making. Chrissy is often inspired by the ?scrap-bin? and looks to find motivating solutions to art's many questions. Her jewelry design, while still in the stages of infancy (or toddlerhood), demonstrates her ability to create interest with three dimensions of metal and promises to make the world a better place one ring at a time. I love Chrissy Burd.

Dana Cassara

Dana Cassara has been making jewelry since she was about 8. She began with seed beads, first making daises chain necklaces. Later she taught herself to weave them into bracelets with complex designs she drew on graph paper as well as thread them onto brass safety pins precisely constructed into wide bangles. After getting her ears pierced she began making earrings. These stylish pieces where made from thin cardboard cut into modern shapes then carefully wrapped in origami paper, or shinny candy wrappers, and finally coated with clear nail polish.

In the early 90's she took her first metalsmithing and jewelry design class and has been passionate about it ever since. This medium, metal combined with just about anything else, provides Dana with a surplus of creative and technical opportunities. This fact along with the intimate scale of jewelry, make it a truly satisfying process one that never fails to inspire design. Making jewelry, unlike many of her other artistic pursuits, demands a level of attention that requires absolute concentration and patience. This necessary focus generates a sort of internal calm difficult to attain any other way. It is an active meditation. The personal nature of jewelry adds yet another dimension one that brings sentiment into the practice. Dana enjoys making gifts and sentimental pieces best.

Teaching and facilitating the art of making jewelry is fundamental in Dana's life however at the core is the simply joy of making.

Kristin Holden

After a successful career in marketing Kristin left the corporate world to raise a family and inadvertently, realize her talent as a jewelry designer. She moved beyond the boundary of beads and wire just a few years ago and has uncovered a love for working in silver. Captivated by etched and roll printed patterns she began exploring her first series of pieces using plates she created by hand-drawing resists for etching, then roll printing them in a rolling mill creating charming and totally unique surfaces. Kristin still loves beads but now makes them herself, not one the same. Most recently wax carving has grabbed her attention and the possibilities continue to expand. Kristin enthusiastically teaches art weekly at the cooperative school her daughter attends.

Nancy Hom

As a young child Nancy Hom's mother, Sun Lan Hom, nurtured her daughter's creativity, by teaching her the intricacies of sewing, knitting and crocheting. These skills, coupled with her mother's example as a sewing machine operator and freelance jewelry maker encouraged Nancy to pursue her own dreams of becoming a designer. Nancy has enjoyed success as an apparel designer for the past 30 years, and began her own jewelry line under the name, Sunlan Designs in 2007. Nancy's pride in her Chinese heritage and desire to honor her beloved mother are the inspiration for each piece in the Sunlan collection. Her work is sold locally in Seattle to help promote communities and causes close to home.

To view more pieces, visit www.sunlandesigns.com

Charise Randell

Charise Randell began her artisitic career designing women?s apparel professionally in Seattle for collections including Eddie Bauer?s AKA, internationally for Sergio Valente and for Halogen & Live a Little, available at Nordstrom. Her love for creating fashion extended naturally to jewelry, and her work reflects an appreciation for romantic European elements and delicate feminine detail.

"Creating beautiful objects to adorn the body has been a passion of mine for some time. My pieces are handcrafted and designed with the wearer in mind and are inspired by my appreciation for beauty in art and nature.

When the wearer adorns herself with a piece of my jewelry, I hope she feels that it enhances her own natural beauty."

Using combinations of semi-precious stones, enamel, and silver, each piece is crafted to create an individual and unique piece of wearable art.

Birna Sigurbjornsdottir

Coming from a long heritage of master-goldsmiths and artists, Icelandic-born jewelry artist Birna Sigurbjornsdottir has found her niche in creating beautiful, organic jewelry that allows every woman to feel unique while wearing it. Through her work she connects more deeply with her homeland of Iceland, a land of ice and fire, surrounded by water and myth. Her inspiration grows from that legacy.

"I am most influenced by the rugged landscape of my country: the fields of lava, the crashing waves of the northern seas on moonlit rocky beaches, and this imagery comes through in my creations. Much of my jewelry looks as if it was created underwater, an enchanted net rolling around on the bottom of the sea, picking up sparkling bits of silver shells and gems from the ocean floor. Some of my work looks as if it catches the ethereal shimmer moonlight makes as it hits the surface of dark water. Every piece holds a story of its incarnation, whether told by me or discovered by the wearer." www.birnajewelry.com

Allan Thorne

Born in Bellow's Falls Vermont, Allan Thorne got his start in making jewelry when a friend showed him how to solder. He fashioned a pair of earrings, and they actually sold.

Years later he began taking jewelry-making classes at the Los Angeles County Museum, and shortly thereafter created his own home jewelry studio in his living room, providing a creative outlet to cope with the stress of life in Los Angeles.

In 1992, he took up residence in Seattle and went on to work out of the Danaca Design Metal Crafting Center & Gallery, where he presently teaches and makes jewelry.

His artistic interests extend beyond jewelry-making to photography, painting, and creative writing.

Rima Zikas

Rima Zikas began creating jewelry during an extended stay abroad in 2005. Searching for a creative outlet, she signed up for a metalsmithing class at Sydney Community College on a whim, and found a true passion for the medium. Since that time, Rima has honed her skills at Danaca Design evolving her technique and cultivating her talent. Her work displays a fluid melding of the geometric and the organic, often coming together in a final form that surprises even her.

Colored Gemstone Sale!

Thursday, September 17, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Featuring stones by Greg Brancati.

Colored Gemstones Event Greg Brancati is a highly skilled lapidary who has been cutting stones for the last 25 years. His experience includes several years of work in the jewelry field. Greg has expertise in faceting a wide range of different materials. Several of his faceted stones have won "Cutting Edge" awards from the American Gem Trade Association. Greg will be showing us stones in a wide price range starting at around $10.00 so don't be afraid to stop by and have a look!

Gemstone Sale and Show

Tuesday evening, June 16, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Danaca Design is hosting another special gemstone event in our new space, (right next door to our old space). This time a friend of a good friend of mine, Chap, will be stopping by the shop with a spectacular selection of opal as well as some kunzite, peridot and gemstone beads of apatite, oceanite, and tourmaline. Chap lives in Thailand and collects stones throughout Asia. He is in touring the states showing and selling stones. We are lucky to have him visit us! If you are interested to see what he has to offer don't hesitate to join us for this gem of a gem-show!

SMG 14th Annual Symposium Save the Date

SMG is proud to announce the Fourteenth Annual Pacific Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium: Saturday, October 17, 2009 at the Museum of Science and Industry. This is sure to be an especially entertaining and informational day!

Womens shelter project

Repair Day We hosted another successful repair day for the Seattle Metals Guild Women's Shelter Jewelry Project. This was the very first event held in our newly expanded space and the 6 foot round table was absolutely ideal for the day! The next repair day will be sometime next fall. Details will be posted on the website as soon as they become available.

Gem Stone Sale

Jim Dailing will unveil a fine selection of cut stones fresh from Tucson.

Friday, March 6, 4:00 – 6:30pm

Danaca Design, in the shop. Some refreshments served.

Exhibition Reception (Fremont Art Walk)

Bill Dawson: Oil paints, metal and other materials

Friday, March 6, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Letting the nature of materials guide the underlying honesty of expression...

Fremont Jewelry Design
3510 Fremont Place N.
206-524-5551

SMG Lecture Series

Location: SPU's Otto Miller Hall, 3469 Third Ave W, Seattle WA, Room 127 map

Time: Doors open at 6:30pm with the talks starting at 7:00pm

Fee: The Lecture Series is free for Guild members. $5 donation is requested for non-members.

Seattle Metals Guild Passing the Torch

Annual Washington High School Jewelry Competition and Award Cermony

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Details at www.seattlemetalsguild.org

Holiday Party and Sale!

5year Anniversary Party

Five years. Unbelievable! None-the-less true? Please join us Saturday, December 6th, 2008 to celebrate five years of teaching, learning, creativity, success and most of all, Jewelry! As always we will host a nice spread of snacks and treats as well an abundance of totally unique, hand crafted jewelry. This is an excellent opportunity to find unique gifts for a great friend (or for yourself) while supporting a place and the people you love! 6:00 – 10:00 pm.

Come before dinner, or after dinner. Or come for dinner! And bring your friends!

Seattle Metals Guild

13th Annual Symposium

SMG Symposium

When: Saturday, October 18, 2008

Where: MOHAI (view MOHAI web site)
2700 24th Ave East, Seattle, WA 98112

The five presenters will be Fred Fenster, Wisconsin; Gary Griffin, New Mexico; Kristin Mitsu Shiga, Oregon; Harriete Estel Berman, California and Susie Ganch, Virginia. Fenster, Griffin and Berman will each be teaching a workshop while in town!

Visit www.seattlemetalsguild.org for more information.

Previous Featured Artists

October 4, 2008Dina Baloyan, Molly Lawrence and Judy Morgan

May 30, 2008Jena Hounshell and Jessie Wylie

November 16, 2007 – Amy Hoins, Angela Muhlnickel and Birna Sigurbjornsdottir

October 22, 2007 – Deanna and Daren Baker of db designs

April 20, 2007 – Emily Hickman of “Cat’s Eye Creations”

November 17, 2006Birna Sigurbjornsdottir

October 27, 2006 – Amy Hoins

June 16, 2006Lisa Call

May 19, 2006Julia Lowther

April 21, 2006Angela Muhlnickel

November 18, 2005Birna Sigurbjornsdottir

July 2005 – Jessica Robinson

June 2005Katie Yankula

April 2005 – Tink McCoy

March 2005Betsy Resnick

October 2004Suzz O’Dell

Questions? E-mail us at dana@danacadesign.com or call 206.524.0916

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