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Member Spotlight February '21:
Jen Lesea-Ames, Jewelry Artist and Owner of Silver Peak Studio
Tell us about your business
I decided to apply for the Martha Kate Thomas Grant through Boulder County Arts Alliance in order to create a boutique-style jewelry studio where jewelers can rent the studio in a cost-effective manner on a half-day or full-day basis in a private setting. I was awarded the grant at the end of May and I hit the ground running!
Tell us about yourself
Hi! I'm Jen, former fitness trainer and triathlete turned jewelry designer and metalsmith, and the creative visionary behind Silver Peak Studio. When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, all my art shows cancelled and most of my planned revenue vanished. I'm not new to pivoting and adapting, so I thought, "how can I help jewelers keep creating and career jewelers stay in business?"
Additionally, I reached out to several of my metalsmith jewelry friends to teach, and together, we offer jewelry workshops for those who want to expand their skill set in the world of jewelry making. Additionally, we offer business development classes to artists of all mediums.
Located in the NoBo Arts District in Boulder, Colorado, Silver Peak Studio offers 1-day specialty metalsmithing, jewelry design, and artist business workshops in a small group environment, with a maximum of 3 students per class. We believe students learn best when they have more interaction with the instructor and classmates. Because safety and health is our top priority, we have a cleaning protocol that is CDC compliant.
We are known for one-day, small-group workshops, with a max of 3 students which enables optimal interaction between student and instructor. Our popular 1-day Intro to Metalsmithing class enables students who have no prior metalsmithing experience to get a "taste" of jewelry fabrication without a big time or financial commitment. At the end of that class, students will have finished 2 textured sterling silver ring bands.
Silver Peak Studio is looking for instructors in jewelry fabrication to start in late spring or summer! Contact us for details.