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Sydney Pener

Kansas City, Missouri

I create one-of-a-kind handcrafted metalwork and jewelry. My focus is on the beauty of the metals, materials, theme and the diversity of techniques. My goal is to create each piece by hand; therefore, every jewelry piece is unique and special honoring the traditions of Metalsmithing. My inspiration is drawn from nature and vintage found objects. My newest series captures the early memories of my childhood summers – Life’s magic exhibited through the “quiet workings” of Nature’s creatures. The other handmade jewelry I’m creating consists of reinventing and incorporating parts of antique metal wares - everything from parts of tea service pieces, ornate metal candy dishes to antique souvenir spoons and other found objects. With some up-cycled parts, I want to tell a new story by breathing new life into these old beautiful, but discarded objects.
I received a MFA at Syracuse University and a BFA from the University of Kansas. Through the years I have taught art classes, workshops and metalsmithing classes, first at the Lawrence Arts Center, KS; the Metropolitan School for the Arts, Syracuse, NY; Syracuse University, NY; and the Educational Arts Team, NJ; K-State, and Longview Community College, KCMO. Presently, I maintain an art studio and reside in Kansas City, MO and teach Metals/Silversmithing courses at Johnson County Community College for over 14 years.