Gold & Silversmithing & Natural History Curations by Katherine Edwards
About The Artist
Ghost-Lily is operated by Katherine Edwards (me), a multidisciplinary artist, naturalist, and horseperson.
This is a one man show; everything from designing, curating fossils & minerals, to metalsmithing, photography, website and order fulfillment is done by myself.
Most of the small batch lost wax casting is done by a wonderful independent lost-wax casting artist in Colorado, who has been in operation for longer than I have been alive!
I do one-off lost wax casting in house to create
one-of-a-kind pieces and master copies.
First and foremost I am a lifelong naturalist, second I am a metalsmith. My work will always reflect my interests.
Metals have been fully reclaimed and recycled since the first day I began working with silver; commitment to using reclaimed metals
that will always come first.
About The Process
Commitment to recycled and reclaimed precious metals
All of the pieces I offer are created with recycled precious metals, highly refined, and of US origin. Every step of their creation takes into consideration social and environmental impacts. I source conflict free, traceable stones whenever possible as well.
When designing and working with precious metals, I like to utilize a variety of contemporary and traditional metalsmithing techniques (some of them very ancient) to create and recreate unique textures. From reticulation, traditional hammering & forging, Keum Boo gilding, Kintsugi repairs, Japanese precious metal clay techniques, to bronze age Celtic lost wax and sand casting techniques, it takes a little bit of everything to create the wide variety of textures, structures, and recreations I enjoy creating.
An enormous part of metalsmithing is understanding gemology & geology, & sourcing specimens. A small part of geology is zoology & botany, owing to to the existence of fossils.
The materials I choose to work with may be chosen on the basis of beauty, interest, provenance, or often all three. Sometimes I find a fossil or mineral which stands alone as an interest piece, sometimes I find something in nature deserving of recreation in precious metals, and sometimes I wish to create something other than jewelry, such as unusual lamps, shadowboxes, or desk curios.
The common thread of course, is a deep interest & appreciation for the world around us, past and present.
Caring For Your Pieces
Gold, fine silver, pearls, emeralds, fossils, turquoise, opals, and most other special interest & collector stones are relatively fragile, and require mindful care.
All will last many lifetimes when cared for properly.
Tips for Care