A B O U T
Slate & Stone Jewelry • Sophie Silverstein
I N S P I R A T I O N
Inspiration is in observation. Having grown up in California, I'm taken by the blue layers of the ocean, the clear, open sky getting overtaken by rolling fog, the bright hues of Victorian houses, and the crisp white of Tahoe snow.
Making is a balance of intake and output, and it's in quiet attention that new shapes, colors, and dimensions come through. I often design around stones, which shock me with their color and intricacy
P R O C E S S
For me, metalsmithing is entirely process, motivated by the meditation of doing, as well as the fantasy and completion of a beautiful piece. This process of creation is born from piecing together each step - sawing, filing, soldering, sanding, polishing, setting, etc. - and from a larger personal process of relearning patience, diligence, precision, and trust.
S T O R Y
My childhood stories tend to include the words: quirky, quiet, observer, sensitive. I was the odd girl wearing layers of skirts and plastic necklaces clutching my teddy bear. My dream was to become a fashion designer, and I've always dabbled in different artistic mediums. My mom raised me scouring bead stores and assembling our own jewelry, a hobby I took up again in 2014, until I attended a class at Scintillant in early 2016, which led to my obsession with metalsmithing. I learned recently that my last name means jeweler, so perhaps it's in my blood to work with metal.