Designer's Statement

Stacey Krantz Designer & Metalsmith

A very curious child, I spent endless hours outside my parents’ Maryland home in the woods and gardens exploring and discovering. Later this curiosity led me as far as the pristine Equatorial Rainforest of Gabon (as Peace Corps Volunteer), to the stark desert of New Mexico (as an Indian Pueblo Youth Worker) and finally back to the seasons of Maryland. These experiences reinforced and diversified my sensitivity to the natural world and inspire the shape, line, form and function I incorporate into my designs.  It is hard to live in New Mexico and not be touched by the jewelry industry. This reality merged with the stark beauty of the high desert one night at a party. It was an opportunity in the form of Ron Winters an Archeologist and Master Goldsmith with a handle bar mustache. After my incessant questioning he graciously offered to teach me his craft of metalsmithing. An informal apprenticeship ensued and my lifelong commitment to jewelry, design and entrepreneurship began. 

After my brief career as a Social Worker I took a turn toward the creative life in 1998.  Although I consider myself "self taught" as I've had no formal design or technical training I have taken some wonderful workshops with Shana Kroiz at the Maryland Institute College of Art Jewelry Program, Blaine Lewis at The New Approach School and learned the most from the gifted goldsmith Alan Reveere. His wonderful books and video learning series got me off to the right start.

I've created many collections over the years simply intended for the wearer to feel beautiful and appreciated. Recently, I have turned my attention to one of kind pieces and custom fine jewelry which I greatly enjoy creating.

Katie and I travel the country participating in the top juried arts festivals, flower and antique shows where we love meeting our customers in person.

Our deepest desire is for the pieces to reflect beauty in all its forms and help the wearer, as well as appreciative observers, to remember beauty everywhere. I hope that you’ll find them so. Enjoy!

 

 Katie Urquiza- Business and Marketing Manager 

Katie joined Stacey in July 2015, she has a versatile mix of skills that allow her to be a jack of all trades around the studio. Having studied both ceramics and literature she has a creative soul and her experience in customer service and administrative duties is a perfect fit for our customers. Katie is always busy in the studio addressing customer needs, scheduling custom appointments, managing InBloom's online presence and coordinating logistics for our show schedule.