Kathleen Maley - Silver Nest Ring

Silver Nest Ring
2019 – Sterling silver, white topaz – 1″ x 1″ – $200

Kathleen Maley

Studio 316 – k.maley studio jewelry

My jewelry designs are a playful reflection of nature’s geometry; beauty that surrounds us everywhere, every day.

Since childhood, the dramatic landscape of coastal California has inspired my lifestyle and aesthetic.  Sweeping cliffs and tumbling waves, the linear horizon and curved coastline, textures and forms of rocks and seashells; these elements become the stylized lines and forms that give shape to my work.

Each piece of jewelry is made in my San Francisco studio by hand, from sterling silver and high karat gold or gold vermeil. Utilizing traditional metalsmithing techniques, I use custom-made hammers and other tools to create unique patterns and textures on the surface of the metal, and then polish or oxidize the pieces to add depth and contrasts to my layered jewelry forms.

I continually challenge myself to create work that is fresh and unexpected, yet easy to wear.  I never tire of the thrill of making something tangible, permanent, and enduring that will delight and engage the wearer.