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2424 E. Coral St
Philadelphia, PA, 19125

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Modern metal jewelry designed and made by hand in Philadelphia, Pa.

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This past weekend's cuff workshop included an impressive line-up of diligent novices. These heavy hitter men and women made us a trio of proud mamas. Big thanks to Meadowsweet Mercantile for hosting, and to all that shared this learning experience with us xoxo!

Enjoy these clips and pics highlights.


Like what you see? Interested in your own introduction to metals and jewelry? Register for our Introduction to Jewelry Design course starting Sunday, March 4. Sign up by February 18 and receive 10% off. Click here for details.


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"Rock Personas" by Emily Kane

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What art offers is space-a certain breathing room for the spirit.
— John Updike

Our very own Emily Kane hones her artistry in many forms beyond designing jewelry for Forge & Finish. A family history of artists and innovators instilled in her a boundless imagination from a very young age. Emily naturally took to art and excelled finishing her college career with a BFA Cum Laude in Painting and Sculpture from Temple University's Tyler School of Art. 

The "Rock Personas" collection is one that follows a course of seldom limelight for Emily. It's one that encompasses the artists' innate curiosity and study of human connection and understanding. Structured by a month-long timeline, Emily's process developed from an interactive study with a list of thirty friends and family influences. One-by-one each subject underwent a cathartic, self-reflective interview of "either-or" questions referring to physical and emotional traits. Emily dwelled on her notes, and what inspired was a colorful series of portraitures personified in rock formation. Revealed for the first time, one year later at the opening, were the names attached to each portrait-a liberation from the artists' personal collection.

It is with great pleasure that Emily shared these pages from her body of work-creating a room filled with her effervescent spirit!

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

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HEYYY FOLKS- COME CHECK US OUT THIS MONTH. WE'LL BE ROMPING AROUND TOWN STOCKED UP ON JEWELS FOR THAT SPECIAL GIFT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. 

DID YOU NOTICE WE NOW HAVE ON-LINE GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE?!??!!?!

Meanwhile, @ Canal Street Market...

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Scarf by La Boratuvar: @laboratuvarstudio Earrings by Forge & Finish: @forgeandfinish *Hammered Hoops in bronze* Hair by Neon & Co: @neoncoproducts Sweater & Pants from Newma: @newmastore Model: Ellinor Sandborg @ellinorsandborg Photographer: Betty Byrd @bettybyrd

Scarf by La Boratuvar: @laboratuvarstudio

Earrings by Forge & Finish: @forgeandfinish *Hammered Hoops in bronze*

Hair by Neon & Co: @neoncoproducts

Sweater & Pants from Newma: @newmastore

Model: Ellinor Sandborg @ellinorsandborg

Photographer: Betty Byrd @bettybyrd

 @tinaamariaa shot by @bradkingett

Left photo: Galaxia Stud | Khaleesi Amulet Necklace | Khaleesi Crown Ring | Valyrian Steel Cuff | Art work by @lenamacka

Right photo: Moon Sliver Necklace | Moon Speckle Ring | Fortune Cookie Ring | Micro Bangle | Ripple Earring | Ceramic Ware by @feltandfat

KARMA KARMA KARMA

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As the holiday season approaches, know that purchasing with us will include making a contribution to the Clean Water Organization to show our gratitude for all of their relentless and compassionate work.

Visit www.cleanwater.org to learn more about how this organization is fighting to protect us, and find ways that you, too, can make a difference.

Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table.

Our Mission:
To protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions, and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and to solve environmental and community problems.

JOIN US! Together we’re making a difference for Clean Water.

Take action to protect drinking water and clean up polluted waterways:
Get health-harming toxics out of everyday products;
Protect our water from dirty energy threats - drilling and fracking for oil and gas, and power plant pollution;
Build a future of clean water and clean energy;
Keep our clean water laws strong and effective to protect water and health.
— http://www.cleanwaterfund.org/about/who-we-are

Confluence Closing Reception

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The Confluence collection graced Forge & Finish Gallery walls for a memorable opening night. The gallery was brimming with fellow artists and art enthusiasts. Huge thanks to Candace Jensen on her curatorial debut. She presented a seamless palette of works alongside her colleagues, Sophie Brenneman and J. Hartz, each graduates from the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. 

Sophie Brenneman  |  J Hartz  |  Candace Jensen

If you missed out, enjoy a recap courtesy of photographer Adrian Cubillas. Please join us for the closing reception and artists talk on Friday, October 20 from 6-9p.

CURRENT OBSESSION//HLH

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Kimberly Frey's steadfast career with art education continually repaves the road of an artist on the way to mastering her craft. Listen as the creator of ceramic objects and wearables brand Happy Land Handmade explains the manifestation of one her latest designs featured here. 

In one of her recent quests, Kimberly assisted a colleague, Roberto Lugo, in leading a workshop on Mishima. The ancient Japanese technique involves creating layers beneath a carved surface, much like another technique originated in Italy called Sgraffito, where a surface layer is incised to reveal a secondary layer's contrasting color. The resulting pattern from both techniques inspired a cross-medium interpretation, which originally struck the artist through a textile swatch's colorful palette that looked pleasantly "random, chaotic, or like fireworks." Materialized through one of her latest ceramic forms, comes a set of sublime dark gray plates dashed with strokes of red, blue, white, purple, and yellow carved into the surface.

Happy Land Handmade offers collections in functional ceramic vessels and jewelry. Visit her website for updates and more information here.