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Estelle Vernon is a resident artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, which opened in 1974 on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

 

Her jewelry journey began in high school in the late ’60s when she took an art metals class. She made rings, chains and even cut a few cabochon stones. Estelle’s college education steered her to a career in Audiology. Still, her passion for metalsmithing continued as she learned more advanced jewelry-making techniques and worked hard to perfect her craft.

 

In 1987, Estelle was introduced to the keum boo technique by her professor Komelia Okim, who was primarily responsible for teaching the Korean technique to artisans in the US.

 

Keum boo involves applying an ultra-thin piece of 24k gold to silver (and sometimes iron, steel, or copper) with heat and pressure to produce a permanent diffusion bond.

 

“I love the contrast between oxidized silver and keum boo. The gold really “pops” when the silver is darkened.”

 

Estelle’s work is influenced by nature and the unique textures she’s captured in her photographs while traveling. Through etching, texturing, and keum boo, or incorporating pearls and gemstones, Estelle can create elegant, modern pieces that are distinctive and versatile.

 

“My process is very detail-oriented and maybe even a bit obsessive. Excellent craftsmanship is non-negotiable for me. I want the finished piece to be as perfect as I can make it.”

AWARDS

[OF MERIT]

Honorable Mention, Washington Guild of Goldsmiths

2018- Biannual Show, Pine Needle Shell Pendant

 

Honorable Mention, Washington Guild of Goldsmiths

2018- Biannual Show, Pine Needle Leaf Pendant

 

Honorable Mention, Washington Guild of Goldsmiths

2018- Biannual Show, Pine Needle Pendant

 

Creative Craft Council 28th Biennial Exhibition, June 2011

2nd Place in Metal

Yellowstone Pendant with Keum Boo

 

Honorable Mention Fusion, 2001

Confetti Brooch-PMC with 24k Keum Boo Accents

 

Equal Merit Award the Art League Student Faculty Show, 2000 Pearls in Motion- Ring

 

Equal Merit Award the Art League Student Faculty Show, 1999

Fine Silver PMC Pendant with 24k Keum Boo Accents

 

FEATURING

ESTELLE VERNON DESIGNS

The Torpedo Factory Art Center

 

Korean Metal Art: Techniques, Inspiration & Traditions

         -by Komelia Hongja Okim

 

Santa Fe Symposium: Gold applications Keum Bu

         -Part 1, May 2016 (Image 91-94)

 

Art Jewelry Today 4

          -by Sandra Korinchak

 

Keum Boo

         -by Charles Lewton-Brain

Cover jewelry by Estelle Vernon Designs

 

The Design Jewelry and Accessories Magazine

 

Artsy Shark

 

Silversmithing for Jewelry Makers:

A Handbook of Techniques and Surface Treatments

          -by Elizabeth Bone 2012

 

The Art and Craft of Making Jewelry:

A Complete Guide to Essential Techniques

          -by Joanna Gollberg 2006

 

The PMC Guild Article about Keum-Boo and PMC

 

We're Serious About This Barbara Becker Simon, presenter CD

 

Friends of the Torpedo Factory 2006 Calendar, November 2006

ESTELLE VERNON

owner/silversmith

Your Jewelry Fairy Godmother™