My current work as a metalsmith is created as a collaborative effort between my clientís ideas and my ever expanding skill set. Iíve been making primarily commission work for the better part of 5 years. My favorite aspect to any given project is interpreting the idea or feeling that my clients are trying to convey - directly into metal. I use many techniques to accomplish this. Some are a direct transfer of images through means of acid etching and other textures are hand hammered to create depth and a rich surface. I cast some work like engagement rings, but most of my work is constructed from flat sheet and formed by hand to create the jewelry. It brings me great joy to be of service to make this work for others and share in their vision of what is most special, commemorative, and unique.
Heather Beck is a bowtie wearing metalsmith who works primarily in copper, silver, and gold. She has been teaching metalsmithing and jewelry since 2006 at various craft schools around the east coast, and runs beginner to advanced jewelry courses in her studio. She spends her days creating high end custom jewelry in studio #047 in the Eastworks building. Her latest projects range from a 14k white gold engagement ring complete with a 5mm emerald, to sterling and copper arrow bracelets, etched copper money clips, and a large silver buffalo necklace. You can follow her on Instagram @HBee83 and at Heather Beck Designs on FB and www.heatherbeckdesigns.com.
Heather graduated from Umass Dartmouth in 2006 with a BFA in Artisanry:Jewelry/Metals. Upon graduating, she was offered a unique opportunity for a woodworking internship at Peters Valley Craft School in NJ. This turned out to be the antithesis of Heatherís teaching career. She went on to become the metals studio tech at Worcester Center for crafts while teaching beginner courses and eventually became the co-chair of the department. She headed up the Metals departments at Snowfarm in Williamsburg,MA, South Shore Vo-Tech in Hanover, MA, and at her own studio in Easthampton, MA. She was first published in 2006 in ArtMouth a Umass publication for the arts, again in 2008 The Art of Jewelry: Wood, Terry Taylor, and in 2011 Sketch Book: The Book (process illustrated. Heather has also been featured in The Valley Advocate, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, and Business West Magazine. Heather has exhibited her work at Artworks!, New Bedford, MA, Juried exhibitions Material Topics 2011+2012 at East Carolina University and Honey at the Greenville Museum of Art, Grenville, NC. Currently Heather is an adjunct professor in the sculpture department at Trinity College, Hartford, CT. She is a co-founder of Valley Creates, which runs grant funded one day workshops for the public in a variety of mediums. As of January 2016, Heather has stepped fully into her business, Heather Beck Designs and is creating custom jewelry and teaching 10 week courses and one day intensives.