'Every hammer mark in my jewelry is a layer of physical expression and energy. As a metalsmith, I practice the fundamentals of my craft and then I take risks working in a loose and expressionistic manner.'
About the Designer
Metal is persistent, strong and determined. It is also malleable and can be hammered, formed and melted out of it's original state. Lauren Passenti's affinity for metal as a material is what draws her to the work bench. Her jewelry is alive with intention; it embodies an elegant balance between raw, unearthed and fluid. Passenti's childhood has certainly influenced her personal appreciation for beauty. She grew up in Western Massachusetts on a farm house that was built in the late 17th century. She was surrounded by fields with antique rusted plows, beautiful enchanted gardens and the remainders of stone foundations. That landscape has shaped her imagination and aesthetic. In 2010 Lauren Passenti earned a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in metalsmithing jewelry design. She continues to take intensive courses at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina where she studies the craft of blacksmithing. Passenti has participated in numerous craft shows throughout the East Coast.
About the Collections
Each piece of jewelry is hand made by Passenti in her studio. Every jump ring and clasp is unique. She starts her making process with silver or brass wire and sheet in varying thicknesses. She then hand hammers the metal on her 19th century railroad anvil. She switches back and forth between light hammer marks and heavy hammer blows to create rich textures and details. Passenti then hand forms, cuts and solders each piece into these timeless sculpted pieces of jewelry. There are many one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry in her collections as well as limited editions. Since each piece of jewelry is individually crafted they will vary in shape and form.