Inspired by Nature

Kristin Holeman's Unique Jewelry

Art and nature play dual roles in Kristin Holeman’s work and spring from her family history. Her father was an ornithologist and her mother an interior designer, instilling in her from a young age both a respect for the natural world and an eye for beauty. Holeman taught herself metalworking, casting, fusing, and cloisonné enameling and has been crafting non-traditional jewelry since 1974. She has exhibited consistently at art fairs for decades and prefers not to define what she does, saying instead “I don't call myself a jeweler. I don't call myself an artist.”

Each of her creations is unique and inspired by the world around her and her experiences swimming, diving, snorkeling, and hiking. Holeman was awarded the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award for an enamel necklace and her work has been exhibited at the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.