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Indiana Artisan Pam Hurst
Location:
Martinsville
Medium:
Silver and PMC Jewelry With Gemstones
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Pam Hurst

“Inspiration comes from nature in my area – the hills and leaves of the Martinsville area. It also comes from my childhood. Working with the metal seems like such a connection to growing up in northwest Indiana.”

In the form of some of the country’s most iconic buildings, it’s fair to say artistry has come from the northwest Indiana steel mills. Growing up in the shadow of that industry, it was silver that caught Pam Hurst’s attention. She’s still captivated by it, and there’s no question artistry comes from her Pam Hurst Designs studio.

“I love the way you can manipulate silver,” she said. “You can take many forms of it, sheet, wire and precious metal clay, and change it with hammers, heat, solder, and many other tools.”

Pam was a General Motors engineer before pursuing her jewelry career, and she says, “The skills I learned working in a metal fabrication plant for 15 years were a natural transfer on a smaller scale to working with jewelry.” It was her small children who prompted that transfer.

“I have always loved jewelry and have been making some form of it all my life,” Pam said. “After I had my children, I decided to stay home with them, and creating jewelry gave me the outlet to do something for me.” She considers herself a perpetual student, and Pam said she continued to take classes and hone her craft in those early days.

Today, she says, “I love gemstones and rocks, and designing the metal to complement the designs in the stone always result in a unique pairing.”

Pam’s designs usually start with the stone. “I strive to find unique stones,” she said, “and most of my designs are simple with a bit of an unexpected feature that links the metal with the stone or plays each off the other. I tend to do lots of natural colors and patterns.”

“Inspiration,” she says, “comes from nature in my area – the hills and leaves of the Martinsville area. It also comes from my childhood. Working with the metal seems like such a connection to growing up in northwest Indiana.”

Pam works with students, helping them grow in the techniques of her craft. “The Indiana Artisan designation was wonderful recognition of my work and the level it has reached,” she said. “It said to me, and it says to others, that I am at a high level within my profession. I admire so many of the artists whose work also has earned the designation. I’m looking forward to being a part of this statewide community.”