Born and raised on the Pacific coast into a family of mathematicians, artist Kelly Morgen turned to creativity and imagination at an early age. Living a childhood of artistic practice, by sixteen she had won a national competition that hung her painting in the United States Capitol Building.
Graduating high school with numerous awards in arts and language, she attended the prestigious Williams College in Massachusetts. Here she intensified her studies in art, taking a year abroad in Florence, Italy where she apprenticed with a master goldsmith on the famous Ponte Vecchio. She returned to graduate Magna Cum Laude and continue her studies in metal arts with a Cherokee shaman and silversmith in rural Montana. This unique training has made her work a distinct blend of the contemporary and the traditional: jewelry that honors the sacred art of storytelling. In 2015, Morgen revitalized her work with an intense 4-month metalsmithing program in London, where she also became licensed as an official Alphonse Mucha jeweler. Approved by the Mucha family to continue the work of the famous father of Art Nouveau, Morgen's work travelled around the world, following the Quest for Beauty: Alphonse Mucha museum exhibit. In a world of mass production, Morgen still crafts each piece completely by hand. Each tiny cameo holds a story within, exploring myths from around the world and empowering women to the magnificence they hold within.
Morgen’s work has appeared in numerous publications and is held in the private collections of John Mucha (Alphonse Mucha’s grandson), actress Teri Polo, author Peter S. Beagle, and author Robin Hobb. She has received over two dozen awards in juried exhibitions for her jewelry and currently resides in California, where she continues to create and share her art.
“Stories are, and always have been, a necessary part of the human experience; they allow us to live out all the different parts of ourselves. Each of my pieces has a story to tell, and I hope they will remind you of the strength already inside your heart." ~ Kelly Morgen