At our visit to Liloveve jewelry studio in Williamsburg, students got to see examples of jewelry made by jewelry design mentor Emilie Shapiro (who also manages the Liloveve studio), and Liloveve’s founder Caroline Glemann. Glemann sells jewelry, organizes exhibitions of other artists and designers, and teaches jewelry classes in the storefront space’s basement studio.
Students learned about different jewelry-making techniques, including melting and polishing recycled silver, and creating wax molds for rings, which the group got to experience first-hand by carving some of their own molds. Emilie and Caroline also described how jewelry design can be inspired by many things, including natural materials like the seashells and stones, and recycled objects, that are the basis for much of Emilie’s jewelry.
Students who work with Emilie as a mentor will have the opportunity to both make their own jewelry at Liloveve, and learn about the business, such as attending jewelry showcases and visiting the diamond district to purchase materials.