GINGER MEEK ALLEN …
… is a master metalsmith and custom studio jeweler.
She creates jewelry that is powerful, narrative and exquisitely well made.
CUSTOM JEWELRY PIECES TO DATE
YEARS IN JEWELRY MAKING
CUPS OF TEA IN THE STUDIO
While browsing my social media feeds recently, it hit me. My clients are AMAZING. I kept seeing my jewelry in their posts. They were not photos of the jewelry itself, and they were not “check ou...
Contrast is essential. - We know joy because we also know sadness. We know connection because we also know solitude. We know quiet because we also know noise....
I never tire of people bringing me little handfuls of gold. Broken chains. Old rings. Some even have their names in script lettering (yes, the 1970s happened). That amazing warm metal from the earth c...
Sparks often fly as ideas arrive and solutions begin to follow. This first phase is where ideas develop for your custom piece. It’s where Ginger learns what you are looking for in a custom jewelry piece and why. Your narrative is the core around which the jewelry design develops.
Using your narrative and all the parameters you’ve provided, Ginger retreats to design something just for you. Sketches, materials and processes are evaluated and planned as Ginger also prepares an estimate for you. This phase culminates with a Custom Jewelry Design Plan just for you.
With the design and all other plans in place, Ginger goes to her bench to create your special piece. This is typically the longest phase of the four, but the most magical. Ginger provides you with a virtual studio page where she will often post process photos and other updates for you so you always know how things are going.
With the piece completed, it will be photographed, packaged and prepared for presentation. This is the shortest of the four phases, but the most fun as you and Ginger celebrate the realization of your shared vision. Ta-daa!
In her work Ginger combines artisan skill with aesthetic finesse in making jewelry and small vessels in her downtown metals studio. Her skills at the bench, including forging, fabricating, etching, hollowform construction, creative stonesetting and texturing – when linked with her eye for contemporary but organic design – generate a unique and expressive body of work that conveys the mark of the human hand.
Whether commissioned by a custom client or generated by Ginger’s personal artistic vision, each piece is a meaningful celebration of the power of both art and fine craft to inspire, commemorate and preserve.