Kathleen Maley

Kathleen Maley

San Francisco, CA
Fillmore Street & Union Square Galleries
A California native, Kathleen Maley studied metalsmithing at San Diego State University earning a degree in Applied Design in Metal. Since getting her start as a production assistant for several Bay Area jewelers, Kathleen has been making jewelry and art objects in San Francisco for over 10 years. Her jewelry is found in galleries and museum shops across the country, and is featured in several juried publications. Working now in her Mission District studio, Kathleen creates jewelry that balances the contrast between sterling silver and high karat gold vermeil, and fuses the dramatic palette of pressed glass with the luster of precious metals.

Each piece of jewelry is constructed individually using a mallet and mandrels to form the metal, then a variety of steel stamps, hammers and brushes to create designs and textures. On some pieces, I create flame-formed wire pins attach glass beads allowing them to spin and shift as the jewelry is worn. Due to the high temperatures involved in this technique, only select pressed glass beads are used that can withstand the demands of this unique process.

I use only select glass or lab-grown stones in my work (no mined stones) and recycle all my scrap metal to keep my jewelry and my business eco-friendly.