Laura Cardwell, Jeweler
Laura Cardwell, Jeweler in Asheville, North Carolina, designs and creates jewelry from fusing, forging, raising and stone setting in Argentium silver, sterling silver, 14k rose gold and copper. Elements of movement and depth, that can be interpreted in so many ways, are created in each bracelet, necklace or earrings.
All of my life I have loved the little things: little boxes, pens, stickers, a new notebook, and above all I loved a great story. I began writing my own stories at an early age and in college I majored in English with a concentration in Creative Writing.
I was sure writing was my calling until I took photography and fell in love with large format still life. I ended up minoring in photography, and upon graduation, I dabbled in both mediums for several years until I gave birth to my first child.
Beading earrings and necklaces began as a small supplemental income that I could create at home and sell at music festivals where my husband’s band would play. Eventually, I wanted to learn more and as many small infatuations grow, I began taking classes. With the realization that this small business was growing into a full time occupation (and the birth of my second child), I quit my job and began metalsmithing full time.
There were times in my life when I had great passion for what I was writing or a new portfolio in photography, but I was always able to put it down, walk away, and not come back for quite some time. I could not do that with art jewelry. It took my breath away and has yet to give it back.
I trained with master metal smith Bill Churlik at Earthspeak Arts in Asheville North Carolina and began taking beginner through advanced classes in metals and techniques.
In 2010 I was awarded the Buyers Market of American Craft (BMAC) Merit Award and in 2011, I was a Niche Finalist in Silver with Stones for my Pebbles Timepiece Ring. I was honored and humbled by both recognitions.
Most recently, I juried into the Southern Highlands Craft Guild and the Carolina Designer Craftsman Guild. I am excited to have become a member of both of these amazing organizations.
Today, I am still inspired by those boxes and the simple pleasures, especially my children. I look to create dimension and motion. My current work includes fusing, forging, raising, and stone setting in Argentium silver, sterling silver, gold plated and vermeil pieces and copper. I love creating the movement and depth that can be interpreted in so many ways.