Lorien Powers Studio Jewelry

Industrial Contemporary Design

About Lorien Powers  

 

Lorien Powers is an artist who specializes in creating industrial and contemporary style jewelry. From a young age, her mother encouraged her proclivity for art, taking her to shows and introducing her to a multitude of forms. When she was only three years old, she took her first art class and experienced her first success, making paper and drawing with flowers, this moment was captured and published in the local newspaper. Growing up in Michigan, Lorien encountered a number of supportive teachers and mentors who encouraged her to continue honing her skills, and after high school, she attended college at Montana State University, commencing her formal art education with a BFA in Metalsmithing. Although she had been exposed to metal work early on, her father having a career in the steel industry, it was at Montana State that Lorien pursued the craft of Metalsmithing.

Moving back to Michigan after she earned her degree in 2001, Lorien took a position teaching Metalsmithing at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Later that year, she visited Seattle, where she met a jeweler and fabricator who offered her a job, and in 2003, she relocated to that city full time, working on her jewelry in a studio for the first time. This was her life until 2006, when she again moved, this time to California, where she lives today, owning and operating her own studio and retail storefront.

Lorien prefers to work with gold, silver, natural gems, and minerals. Known for the decorative features of her work, she employs a wide variety of techniques, including roller printing, cold connecting, riveting, fabricating and forging. She draws inspiration for her jewelry from many different sources, some from nature, some from music (Phish in particular), some from industrial environments. Deeply into consciousness study, she often pays attention to her breath in search for a new idea.

Lorien’s studio is in the corner of an historic building, the Truckee Hotel, which has been around for more than 100 years. Her work is all limited production, with many great pieces being one of a kind including custom designs. She enjoys working in a space that is industrial, recycled, and contemporary, feeling most creative and artistic when surrounded by this sort of inspiration. When she is not hard at work, she enjoys traveling and being outdoors.

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