Picking up a torch post-breakup? Ill-advised. (See: the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.)
Unless you’re self-taught metalsmith Kate Ellen.
The Richmond-based jewelry designer channeled a recent heartbreak into her debut collection, named Acetylene Will after a line in an Edna St. Vincent Millay poem.
She cauterizes and solders her materials, then shapes them with a hammer, to produce a hard-soft effect: Chunky rings are adorned with silver and brass orbs; the Dixon necklace’s sterling silver horseshoe pendant is wrapped in delicate gold-fill rings.
Her in-the-works spring collection incorporates mixed-metal chains and hoops for a glamorous, flowing look.
She’s on fire.
Photo: Courtesy of Kate Ellen Metalsmithing & Design