As a metalsmith and studio art jeweler, I have always approached the craft of jewelry design as a curious, experimental process.
My history has included many design influences. Industrial, utilitarian, and organic forms have been a constant theme, and remain a continuous exploration. Embracing the basics of traditional metalsmithing techniques, and fusing them with the interplay of texture/contrast and form/movement, has informed my aesthetic, and conjured biological, geological and technological motifs.
Another constant throughout my career has been my deep attraction to various materials, in particular sterling silver. Silver challenges me with boundless possibilities for creation and invention.
My recent work, “The Hybrid Blob”, pursues the examination of liberation (winged forms) either in a clustered or repetitious format, combined with the exploration of contrasting texture and material.
Lorelei Hamm grew up in Albany, New York. She studied design and metalsmithing at SUNY Plattsburgh and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
A long-time resident of New York City, Lorelei has taught metalsmithing at Parsons School of Design, the 92nd Street Y, and the Metal Kitchen.
Earlier in her career she was co-owner of the Hamm-Brickman Gallery. She also designed and manufactured furniture, and table and desktop accessories for many years.
Her work has been included in many gallery exhibitions and shows, and purchased for private collections during her thirty year career.