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Jun 23, 2014

by Therese Kuempel

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My name is Therese, and I’m a metalsmith and sculptor based in Chicago. My business is called Therese Kuempel Jewelry.

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I studied sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and found my way to metalsmithing a year into my studies. I first learned traditional metalsmithing, sheet metal fabrication, and basic soldering. Then I was introduced to the lost wax casting process, which I have been absolutely infatuated with since.

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The lost wax casting process works by creating prototypes in wax and making a mold. The next step is putting the mold in the kiln and burning out the wax. Once this process is complete, I melt down my metal of choice (usually brass or bronze) and cast my designs. My favorite signature design involves taking molds of quartz crystals and casting them in brass. I’m extremely passionate about this process – it allows me to experiment with metal in ways I never thought possible.

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The natural world has always been a source of inspiration for me. My jewelry is influenced by a juxtaposition of organic formations and geometric shapes. Working with metal has become the perfect catalyst for capturing these temporal organic moments. There’s something about casting crystals in brass and bronze that feels monumental; when I do so, I feel like I’m paying homage to a fleeting natural moment and object and venerating it for an eternity.

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I graduated from school in December, and since then my jewelry line has become my full-time job. I do retail, wholesale, and craft fairs throughout Chicago, but Etsy has brought my dream of being a full-time artist to fruition. Etsy provided me with an engaged, international audience. I’m currently working on a new line of designs which I will release in July 2014. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for updates and inspiration!

Photographs by Therese Kuempel and Danielle Sepanik.

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Eye Lighter Case
Eye Lighter Case
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Face Earrings
Face Earrings
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Orbit Earrings with Large Opal
Orbit Earrings with Large Opal
theresekuempel
$100.00 USD
Turquoise Statement Ring
Turquoise Statement Ring
theresekuempel
$95.00 USD
Tiny Cast Brass Herkimer Diamond Necklace
Tiny Cast Brass Herkimer Diamond Necklace
theresekuempel
$45.00 USD
Vision Lighter Case with Black Onyx // Evil Eye, All Seeing Eye, Brass Lighter Case
Vision Lighter Case with Black Onyx // Evil Eye, All Seeing Eye, Brass Lighter Case
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Oracle Lighter Case with Black Onyx // Evil Eye, All Seeing Eye, Brass Lighter Case
Oracle Lighter Case with Black Onyx // Evil Eye, All Seeing Eye, Brass Lighter Case
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Giver Ring with Opal // Opal Hand Ring, Palmistry, Hand Amulet
Giver Ring with Opal // Opal Hand Ring, Palmistry, Hand Amulet
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Giver Ring with Black Onyx // Black Onyx Hand Ring, Palmistry, Hand Amulet
Giver Ring with Black Onyx // Black Onyx Hand Ring, Palmistry, Hand Amulet
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Giver Cuff Bracelet with Black Onyx // Black Onyx Hand Cuff, Palmistry, Hand Amulet
Giver Cuff Bracelet with Black Onyx // Black Onyx Hand Cuff, Palmistry, Hand Amulet
theresekuempel
$65.00 USD
Giver Cuff Bracelet with Opal // Opal Hand Bracelet, Palmistry, Hand Amulet
Giver Cuff Bracelet with Opal // Opal Hand Bracelet, Palmistry, Hand Amulet
theresekuempel
$65.00 USD
Black Onyx Perception Cuff Bracelet // Black Onyx Eye Bracelet, Evil Eye, All Seeing Eye
Black Onyx Perception Cuff Bracelet // Black Onyx Eye Bracelet, Evil Eye, All Seeing Eye
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Opal Perception Cuff Bracelet // Opal Eye Bracelet, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
Opal Perception Cuff Bracelet // Opal Eye Bracelet, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Black Onyx Aria Earrings // Black Onyx Crystal Cluster Earrings
Black Onyx Aria Earrings // Black Onyx Crystal Cluster Earrings
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Opal Aria Earrings // Opal Crystal Cluster Earrings
Opal Aria Earrings // Opal Crystal Cluster Earrings
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Black Onyx Oracle Necklace // Eye Necklace, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
Black Onyx Oracle Necklace // Eye Necklace, All Seeing Eye, Evil Eye
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Black Onyx Stacking Ring
Black Onyx Stacking Ring
theresekuempel
$40.00 USD
Opal Stacking Ring
Opal Stacking Ring
theresekuempel
$40.00 USD
Black Onyx Stud Earrings
Black Onyx Stud Earrings
theresekuempel
$40.00 USD
Crystal Prism Necklace
Crystal Prism Necklace
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Geometric Prism Ring
Geometric Prism Ring
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Triangle Prism Earrings
Triangle Prism Earrings
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Molten Brass Bangle
Molten Brass Bangle
theresekuempel
$120.00 USD
Triangle Prism Ring
Triangle Prism Ring
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Splatter Lighter Case with Opal
Splatter Lighter Case with Opal
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Splatter Lighter Case with Black Onyx
Splatter Lighter Case with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Bang Lighter Case with Opal
Bang Lighter Case with Opal
theresekuempel
$85.00 USD
Burst Lighter Case with Opal
Burst Lighter Case with Opal
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Burst Lighter Case with Black Onyx
Burst Lighter Case with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Orbit Lighter Case with Large Black Onyx
Orbit Lighter Case with Large Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$85.00 USD
Orbit Lighter Case with Large Opal
Orbit Lighter Case with Large Opal
theresekuempel
$95.00 USD
Ripple Lighter Case with Opal
Ripple Lighter Case with Opal
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Ripple Lighter Case with Black Onyx
Ripple Lighter Case with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Hand Lighter Case
Hand Lighter Case
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Splatter Lighter Case
Splatter Lighter Case
theresekuempel
$75.00 USD
Splatter Ring with Black Onyx
Splatter Ring with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Splatter Ring with Opal
Splatter Ring with Opal
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Trio Ring with Black Onyx
Trio Ring with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Trio Ring with Opal
Trio Ring with Opal
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Ripple Ring with Opal
Ripple Ring with Opal
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Splatter Ring
Splatter Ring
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Ripple Ring with Black Onyx
Ripple Ring with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Burst Ring with Opal
Burst Ring with Opal
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Double Burst Ring with Black Onyx
Double Burst Ring with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Drip Ring with Black Onyx
Drip Ring with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Drip Ring
Drip Ring
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Double Splatter Ring with Black Onyx
Double Splatter Ring with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Double Burst Ring with Opal
Double Burst Ring with Opal
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Double Splatter Ring with Opal
Double Splatter Ring with Opal
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Hand Cuff Bracelet
Hand Cuff Bracelet
theresekuempel
$60.00 USD
Burst Open Cuff Bracelet with Black Onyx
Burst Open Cuff Bracelet with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Eye Cuff Bracelet with Black Onyx
Eye Cuff Bracelet with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Double Burst Cuff Bracelet with Black Onyx
Double Burst Cuff Bracelet with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Orbit Open Cuff Bracelet with Large Black Onyx
Orbit Open Cuff Bracelet with Large Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$80.00 USD
Double Burst Cuff Bracelet with Opal
Double Burst Cuff Bracelet with Opal
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Splatter Open Cuff Bracelet with Black Onyx
Splatter Open Cuff Bracelet with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Splatter Open Cuff Bracelet with Opal
Splatter Open Cuff Bracelet with Opal
theresekuempel
$70.00 USD
Orbit Open Cuff Bracelet with Large Opal
Orbit Open Cuff Bracelet with Large Opal
theresekuempel
$100.00 USD
Trio Stacking Cuff Bracelet with Opal
Trio Stacking Cuff Bracelet with Opal
theresekuempel
$50.00 USD
Large Burst Statement Earrings with Black Onyx
Large Burst Statement Earrings with Black Onyx
theresekuempel
$80.00 USD

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