Sarah Liron is an East Bay artist whose work focuses on the design and fabrication of textured gold and silver jewelry. She uses a variety of processes including etching, corrugation, heat treatment, hammering and roller printing with lace and paper. Gold is often added through the Korean process of Keum Boo, which bonds thin layers of 24 karat gold to a silver surface. Most pieces are one of a kind.
Sarah has been active as a jeweler for the last twelve years. She found her passion and her latest career after taking her first jewelry class. Her formal education in metals comes from studying at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco and Metalwerx in Waltham, Massachusetts. She has taken classes from highly renowned metalsmiths who are leaders in their fields. She is constantly trying to add new metalsmithing skills to enhance her design capabilities as well as her technical skills.
Earlier in her career, Sarah studied textiles at California College of the Arts and focused on weaving. Before entering the world of jewelry and art, Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of San Francisco and a master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of California, Berkeley.
“My inspiration comes from a variety of sources. Outdoor photographs I have taken are used to create etched images. Simple geometric shapes become earrings and Japanese paper is captured inside resin to add color and design to the metal. The modernist jewelry school has also been a design stimulus.”
Sarah is a member of the Metal Arts Guild San Francisco and the Arizona Designer Craftsman. She also shows her work at ACCI Gallery in Berkeley and has been part of a juried show at Metalwerx.
For more on Sarah’s work, please visit: sarahlironjewelry.com