InstructorsOver 30 years Combined Teaching Experience
Shelly’s interest in metals began in 1982 while attending an art institute in upstate New York. She went on to pursue a degree in metalsmithing, receiving her BFA from SUNY New Paltz in 1988.Upon graduating, Shelly spent eight years working as a bench jeweler for several nationally acclaimed jewelers. She then worked for a year in Athens, Greece designing and creating wax models for a large jewelry company. These experiences gave her the solid foundation from which she launched her own line of jewelry in 1992. Shelly’s work has been shown in numerous top contemporary galleries throughout the U.S.2001 brought a new chapter to Shelly’s life when she gave birth to her son. She chose to be a full-time mom and let go of her business. In 2008 she was ready to return to the jewelry world, this time as a teacher, and founded the Boulder School of Metals.Shelly possesses a comprehensive knowledge of metals and is highly skilled in design, technique, and production. Despite her wealth of experience, she still brings the curiosity and openness of a “beginner’s mind” to the exploration of new ideas and possibilities. She is thrilled to be able to share her passion for this ancient,yet evolving, craft with her students.
Karen’s journey in Metalsmithing began when she took her first class in the 1980’s and fell in love with the ability to transform metal w/ the use of fire and tools. One of her earliest memories was watching her father when he was welding and recalls being mesmerized by the beauty of the flame. Karen went on to graduate from Metro State College in Denver with an individualized degree in Metal Artistry and Proccesses.
She has been an instructor at Boulder School of Metals for over 6 years, bringing almost 20+ years of experience in a Metalsmithing background along with a great passion to share her knowledge with students.
Karen is continually motivated to improve and build her skill set, she regularly attends classes and workshops to further her understanding of this complex field. Some of her most inspiring teachers have been; Andy Cooperman, Mary Lee Hu, Harold O’Conner, James Binnion, Micheal Boyd and CeCe Wire. She is an active member in the Colorado Metalsmithing association (CoMA) where she has met and worked with several nationally acclaimed jeweler’s at the annual CoMA conferences in Salida, CO. She has a personal studio where she escapes to create and experiment.
Since 1989, jewelry artist Emily Ehr has been designing and making her handmade jewelry featuring sculptural earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and pendants in sterling silver, steel, bronze and copper. From her studio in Colorado, Emily creates one of a kind pieces that are unique sculptural designs fused with high quality craftsmanship to create rare wearable art. Her work includes a variety of minerals and gemstones, with features using distinctive metals and patinas including textures with a very dimensional feel. Emily comes to The Boulder School of Metals with 26 years of experience. Among her talents she is highly skilled in forging, working with the hydraulic press, sawing, soldering, stone setting, casting and creating beautiful art. She graduated from Metro State University of Denver in 1999, with a BFA in Metalsmithing and Communication Design.
She has worked and attended workshops from many artists such as; Richard Sweetman, Craig Wright, Ira Sherman, Andy Cooperman, Hoss Haley, David Norrie, Elliot Pujol, Deb Stoner and Kirk McNeill.
Her work is inspired by nature and the curvilinear lines of the natural world, the mountains, the ocean, and unique minerals.
Emily won 1st place in the 2016 – 20th Anniversary CoMA (Colorado Metalsmithing Association) Twenty! Design competition with her Bear Belt Buckle containing 20 rivets