Esther Metals LLC

Esther Metals LLC

About The Artist

Esther Sullivan • Bozeman, MT

I grew up in rural Vermont, and then moved to Montana for college where I graduated with a BFA in Metalsmithing. Over the next decade I honed skills working under several jewelers and technical workshops to be able to merge my sculpture background with my refined skills as a bench jeweler. My work is hand fabricated, using the torch and forging methods paired with patina work to create contrasts in both color, form and texture to illuminate the elements of the design and story of my work.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My jewelry is purely hand fabricated, using hand tools with reclaimed and fairmined precious metals and sustainably sourced stones. Advanced torch work and forging are methods I use to create highly textured surfaces in contrast with strong, clean lines. Oxidation paired with depletion gilding are then added into the designs to illuminate the subtle elements and details of the form and story of the work.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Metal is an amazing material with innumerable possibilities. It can be strong as stone and yet is as malleable as clay. There are so many ways to work with it to create a variety of textures, colors and forms. To me, there is a lifetime of learning and exploration to be done with the metal medium, and that is what excites me most.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I have worked through a tremendous amount of grief in my life already, and my work is a reflection of the journey I have made with it and the wisdom I have gained through it all. This is not an isolated experience, as I see the intimate work connect with so many others, which brings me so much lightness and joy.