Burkhart Design Studio
Jewelry · Glass
I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas with 3 sisters and parents who encouraged our curiosities and artistic inclinations. Working space in the den for sewing and painting was the norm in our household, and our dad’s paintings covered the walls. We always made room for art.
In a middle school art class, I had the opportunity to create my first piece of jewelry. My art teacher stoked the fire for jewelry making and started me on my journey.
I’ve been working as a professional jeweler since 1979. I studied in Texas and first worked at a diamond importer. I have worked as a jewelry designer and bench jeweler at independently-owned jewelry stores, setting stones and manufacturing custom designs from concept to finished piece.
Micro mosaics were very popular in Italy at the turn of the 20th century. I became interested in creating micro mosaics, because it is a dying art form, I couldn’t find any information on the technique. I developed my own technique with a modern twist. To create a mosaic, I hand cut strands of colored glass and hand fabricate my mosaics in sterling silver bezels. While tedious, I find the process very calming and the jewelry unique.
In addition to fine glass stringers for mosaics, I also work in gold, platinum, palladium, diamonds, and colored gemstones. My design inspiration comes from the look and texture of ancient and current mosaics, quilts, nature, fine art, and architecture. Gemstones featuring unusual cuts and rich color as well as colored glass provide the palette for my work.
My studio is located in the vibrant NE Minneapolis Arts District. I am available for custom jewelry design, expert jewelry repair, diamond setting, and Modern Micro Mosaics.
Call for an appointment at 715-220-6013
Burkhart Design Studio
Modern Micro Mosaics and Fine Custom Jewelry
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
WJA Member Grant 2015, 2018
MN ND Jewelers Association – 2015 – 3rd place Women’s Jewelry over $3000 & Judges Choice
Phipps Art Center – Annual Members Show 2015 – 3rd place
WJA Shining Star – Twin Cities Chapter 2012
Women’s Jewelry Association—People’s Choice Awards 2009 — Third Place
Illinois Jewelers Association—Award of Excellence 1992 — First Runner Up
WJA Board Member – Communications 2009-present, Chapter President 2017-2018
NEMAA Board Member – Board Secretary – 2015-2019
NEMAA’s Art-A-Whirl – 2014-2019– Minneapolis, MN
NEMAA’s Fall Fine Arts – 2015
Annual Members Show 2015 – Phipps Art Center –- Hudson, WI
Designer Showcase 2009- J.F. Kruse Jewelers – St. Cloud, MN
Twin Cities Designer Showcase 2009- WJA – Minneapolis, MN
Featured Artist Series 2007 Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass Gallery — Dallas, TX
All Manner of Mosaics 2007 Woman Made Gallery — Chicago, Ill
Invitational Only 2006 Woman Made Gallery — Chicago, Ill
Art Opener Open Studio 2006 Sigwarth Glass – River Falls, WI
Creative Drive 2006 Stone Soup Gallery – Hammond, WI
Art Opener Open Studio 2005 Sigwarth Glass – River Falls, WI
Holidays At Blue Ridge 2005 – River Falls, WI
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