about heather reilly, metalsmith

I took my first silversmithing class in New York City in my early twenties. since then, I’ve studied & worked in London (UK), San Francisco, San Diego, and Florence, Italy. in 2011 I returned to Connecticut, the state where I grew up, and New York again – still my favorite city in the world! finally we had enough of winter and moved once again to Sarasota, FL in 2015.

early on I became fascinated with the different properties of various metals & their alchemical metamorphoses. this lead me on a journey of self-education to an apprenticeship with artist blacksmith angelo garro.

to this day, the primordial transformations of iron & bronze by hammer & fire provide me with constant inspiration, whether working in steel, sterling, platinum or gold. my work is an open dialogue between the large scale forging techniques of the blacksmith and the traditional forming methods of the jeweller.

Today I specialize in custom/bespoke jewelry forged in sterling silver, platinum and gold. I do a lot of wedding/engagement rings and unique custom stone setting. I also do a line of hand hammered ready to wear jewelry that’s going through another evolution now in 2016. occasionally I break out the big anvil and forge to work steel again, most recently for demonstrations and classes at my kids’ school.