McKenzie makes every piece of jewelry completely by hand in her studio in Bend, Oregon. She has always been passionate about the arts and honed her skills at the Savannah College of Art and Design where she graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Metals and Jewelry. Ever since then it has been her goal to introduce people to jewelry that is not only beautiful and easy to wear but is of high quality craftsmanship.
Every piece is inspired by nature, family, and friends. She hand crafts jewelry made for everyday wear that is alluring, inspiring and symbolizes the joy and love in life. Simple lines and contrasting colors make her work unique and provocative. Every piece is made of sterling silver and high karat gold. McKenzie’s favorite techniques involve hammering the metal to add depth and texture and adding gold to certain pieces with a technique called keum boo. This adds a thin layer of gold to the surface of the metal using only heat making each piece come to life.
McKenzie will be joining us in the gallery on October 22nd, 2016 for a special trunk show with her complete lines of jewelry and her special one-of-a-kind custom pieces. Join us for a chance to win a pair of her Journey Earrings this month!
"I believe we are all born with an innate sense of awe and wonder for the natural world. It is this awareness combined with my life experience that is the inspiration behind the designs for my line of Art Jewelry."
From the Moment I touched metal in my jewelry making class in high school, I knew it was to be my life's work. There are times when I have finished a piece and I am simply amazed, "where did this come from"?, I ask myself. And there is a wonderful feeling of delight! The creative process is constantly evolving which keeps me excited and looking forward to what comes next.
I grew up in a small town surrounded by orchards, redwoods and oaks, the Pacific Ocean, The Sierra mountain range, three brothers and loving parents. They enriched our lives with many adventures from backpacking, and Colorado River rafting to touring Europe in our VW van where we visited castles, museums and collected the antiques that filled our home. We all worked in the family business where I learned my sense of business skills. At the age of 24 my parents blessed me with an opportunity in London where I trained with 'Masters' in traditional techniques of design, engraving and enameling.
I have always paid great attention to detail and visual balance in both composition and color. With each piece, it is my goal to create Jewelry of exceptional quality that will be treasured now and through generations to come. My hope is that my Jewelry evokes in each one of you who comes across it, your own sense of awe, wonder and delight!
I could not achieve my work alone. My husband, family, friends, and customers give me great support. Through the years, interaction with teachers, fellow artists and technicians has created an important avenue for my achievements.
Essential Art Gallery & Fine Gifts has been proud to represent Michele for over 5 years. Her extraordinary jewelry never ceases to amaze. We have a few pieces featured in our online store, but many more in our storefront. If there is something in particular you are seeking, please do not hesitate to send us a message: firstname.lastname@example.org.