Anneal: to heat and then cool (a material, such as steel or glass) usually for softening and making less brittle. (Websters)
Annealed Studio is home to a group of like-minded creative jewelry enthusiasts, who enjoy new experiences and learning and sharing from each other. We focus on making Jewelry from metals of various types (Copper, Brass, Silver, Gold) using many different tool and techniques.
At Annealed Studio we are open to all levels from beginners to experienced Goldsmiths. We are here to encourage each other and to cultivate a creative community where those who want to experience and learn something new come together with those who want to teach.
Jill Hurant’s creativity began by watching her mother, a talented artist in her own right. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC where, after a few years after graduating, a friend of Jill’s encouraged her to visit a woman who was taking jewelry classes in Manhattan. Although too intimidated for a year to call the school, Jill finally scheduled a class and the rest, as they say, is history.
As Jill became more immersed in the jewelry making process, she began to take classes all over the east coast, to increase her skills and knowledge. “Even with all the techniques I have learned I still love granulation and the richness of the 22k gold. I have tried to take this ancient technique and give it a more modern edge.” With its classical beauty, Jill’s jewelry has a timeless elegance.
Kelly Green is the owner and creative force behind The Iron Spirit, a trendsetting jewelry boutique specializing in wearable art crafted in the USA.
Kelly grew up in NY and began her career on Wall Street. She was a dance instructor, threw pottery and practiced massage therapy, but stumbled onto jewelry fabrication when she moved to New Jersey. After a pottery class was closed to further registration, she decided to try a metal smithing class. Needless to say, she hasn't been at the wheel since. What began as a way to quiet her mind, has morphed into a creative passion. Kelly believes "wearing a piece of jewelry should impact your day. It should brighten your mood, or remind you of a special person, place or memory."
Stephanie Maddalena has a BA in Fine Arts. She has been lampworking since 1994 after a workshop with Kate Fowle Meleney. Stephanie now teaches at the Art School at Old Church in Demarest, NJ, Silvermine, the Guilford Art Center in CT, the Rockland Center for the Arts and Hudson Beach Glass in NY. She has spent the past 14 years teaching throughout the northeast and was published in La Vie Claire magazine.
Tricia & Robert Greeley
Three years ago, Tricia Greeley and her husband Rob were on the hunt for unique wedding bands. They ended up at the home of a designer where they spent the day making rings. Tricia loved the experience of working with metal and started taking classes in that medium. Over time, Tricia recognized that there was a real need for a studio where people could take classes, and also where designers could stop by for a few hours and work.
Tricia and Rob opened Annealed Studio in September of 2018 and enjoy teaching and socializing in the studio.