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Design a Collection – I am an Art Business! Workshop with Kim Harrell

November 1 @ 12:00 pm - November 22 @ 5:00 pm

$450.00 – $500.00
Three pieces of jewelry together

For Intermediate and Advanced students. November 1, 8, 15, and 22, 12-5PM.

Week 1 – No making only planning

  • Discuss ‘what is design’ and what is a collection
  • Design strategies – ‘lecture’ and PowerPoint; books will be brought and shared
  • Group discussion – sources offered/sharing and brainstorming
  • Sketch and discovery time – more sharing and discovering
  • Talk a bit about pricing work, formulas, resources, etc.
  • Methods of tracking costs, materials and process for record keeping
  • Determine at least one piece to make and make a list of materials

Week 2 – Start making

  • Students will finalize plan and make amendments accordingly (changes in design,etc.
  • Students will have a lot of input from the instructor and guidance around elements that will further the development of a collection. Hard questions and some constructive criticism may occur.
  • Design further pieces to add to the collection
  • Decide what to make; get specifications on appropriate materials to use
  • Discuss pricing more

Week 3 and 4

  • Finalize collection; trouble shoot things that come up
  • Sharing and group critic; next steps
  • Website, galleries, shows

Kim Harrell has been making jewelry and silverware professionally since 1997. Her love of making was established in London where she lived and worked for 14 years and obtained a degree in silversmithing and jewelry design. Harrell’s experiences and teachers in London had a significant impact on her work such as learning about the Bauhaus, exploring the British Museum, living amidst some of the world’s greatest architecture. Her teacher, mentors and colleagues were and are some of the most influential silversmiths and makers in Europe. Other influences include the British modernists, the American minimalists, ceramics, architecture, ancient cultures, and artifacts.

Harrell’s design philosophy is ‘less is more’ with an emphasis online, form and texture. “Working with my hands gives me joy and a sense of purpose – creating something out of ‘nothing’ is a powerful experience. I make what I make because it gives me satisfaction to manipulate and transform the metal and unleash the beauty of the materials I use. My work in metal often shows the marks of my efforts and process – reflecting the imprints of my hammers and tools. When I am finished, it is time for you to make your marks, your history and take pleasure in your object- that is my gift to you.”

She has the equivalent of an American Master’s degree in Silversmithing, Jewelry and Allied Crafts from London Guildhall University, and was the recipient of a Jerwood Prize for Excellence in Design and Craftsmanship at graduation. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and art fairs in the United States and the United Kingdom including the Goldsmith’s Fair, Chelsea Crafts Show, and SOFA. Her work has been published in Lark Books, The Times (London), The Independent (London), The Denver Post and many more. Harrell’s clients include private collectors in the USA, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Norway and corporate patrons such as HSBC, Seagrams/Chivas Regal, The Denver Art Museum, Xcel Energy and Denver Health. The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in Denver acquired a set of her silver sculptural spoons in 2018.

Harrell has taught throughout her career – at universities and community college – and is often asked to speak about her work and running an art business. She currently teaches privately in her studio, at the Art Students League of Denver and has been the president of the Colorado Metalsmithing Association since 2022.


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$ 500.00
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November 1 @ 12:00 pm
November 22 @ 5:00 pm
$450.00 – $500.00
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18+ only