“My process uses a lot of heat,” says Lori Swartz, who’s a jeweler, abstract painter, aerial performer, and a few other things to boot. “I fuse. I hammer. I cut. I grind. All the work is hand forged.” In Swartz’s work, silver isn’t shiny, and she likes a handmade aesthetic with visible textures, seams, and darkening patinas. She says her new line of work “has the feel of barnacles, underwater sea plants, and rusted things, uncovered.”
Swartz lives and works out of her home in rural Madrid, New Mexico, along the historic Turquoise Trail.