[Welcome] New Members for July 18, 2010

Orchid Circulation: 10,500 members!

Please welcome our newest members…

Helen Fretwell
Newbury, UK

I have been working with silver and producing jewellery for around 8
years, mostly as a hobby. I first started by attending a series of
workshops in basic silversmith techniques and since then, have
taught myself using a variety of books and literature, but mostly
learning through trial and error!

The pieces I produce are quite unique, I gain most of my inspiration
from nature and love to use unusual semi precious stones and vintage
glass to produce very intricate and interesting pieces. I will be
launching my business at the end of this year and will be exhibiting
my work at a prestigious craft fair for the first time in October. I
am keen to be part of metal work forums as they help me to continue
to learn about this incredible art.

Sylvia Youell
Sylvercroft Studio
Sister Bay, WI. USA

My metalsmithing/jewelry making began in 1956 at the University of
Wisconsin in Madison. Have had my own studio since 1977 located in
Door County, Wisconsin which is known as an artist colony. Peninsula
School of Art has a beautiful metals lab as a result of my efforts
since I began teaching there in 1982. I am always interested in
learning new techniques or current trends in old techniques. There
is always more to learn.

Sharlot N Sabine-Fenner
Arlington, Tx. USA

I just picked up silversmithing as a hobby and it’s the best thing
I’ve ever done. I’m a hair stylist by day and an artist by night. I
guess you’d say I’m always an artist. I hope to take in as much as I
can to push my span of silver work. I plan to have my silversmithing
take over and enjoy life in this art form. I feel that it has all
that is needed to move on in my life with out Hair.