Growing up in the shadow of the northwest Indiana steel mills, it was silver that caught Pam Hurst’s attention. She’s still captivated by it, and there’s no question artistry comes from her Pam Hurst Designs studio.
“I love the way you can manipulate silver,” she says. “You can take many forms of it, sheet, wire and precious metal clay, and change it with hammers, heat, solder, and many other tools.”
Pam worked as a General Motors engineer before pursuing her jewelry career, and says the skills she learned working in a metal fabrication plant for 15 years naturally transferred on a smaller scale to working with jewelry.
“I have always loved jewelry and have been making some form of it all my life,” Pam says. “After I had my children, I decided to stay home with them, and creating jewelry gave me the outlet to do something for me.”
She considers herself a perpetual student, and says she continued to take classes and hone her craft in those early days.
Today, she says, “I love gemstones and rocks, and designing the metal to complement the designs in the stone always results in a unique pairing.
“I strive to find unique stones, and most of my designs are simple with a bit of an unexpected feature that links the metal with the stone or plays each off the other,” she says. “I tend to do lots of natural colors and patterns.”
Inspiration, she says, “comes from nature in my area — the hills and leaves of the Martinsville area. It also comes from my childhood. Working with the metal seems like such a connection to growing up in northwest Indiana.”
The Indiana Artisan also works with students, helping them grow in the techniques of her craft.
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