Founding instructor Raychel Wengenroth is an artisan member of The Society of American Silversmiths (www.silversmithing.com) and is a nationally recognized artist who has completed commissions for Oprah, LJ duPont and the Bob Hope “Humana Award”, among others. She has taught at: The Woodstock Guild, Mill Street Loft, Silvermine School of Art, Brookfield Craft Center, Wesleyan Potters, Farmington Valley Arts Center, The Connecticut School of Jewelry Arts and Southern Connecticut State University in Connecticut; Fletcher Farm in Vermont; Pennsylvania Society of Goldsmiths in Pennsylvania, Peters Valley and the Art School at Old Church in New Jersey.
She has also run a successful wholesale jewelry and giftware business selling to over 100 accounts in the US and abroad. She began teaching in order to train potential employees and found a second career. She maintains her studio work with commissions, repairs, restorations, limited edition and one-of-a-kind pieces.
Russell Jones is currently teaching at Pratt Institute, He studied at Rhode Island School of Design and Manchester School of Art – Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester England. Russell’s carefully fabricated jewelry has been featured in many publications including the New York Times, W and Elle. His jewelry was also included in the internationally acclaimed book, The New Jewelers Desirable Collectable Contemporary by Olivier Dupon published by Thames and Hudson. Russell’s unique colored gem stone pieces have been worn by Dame Helen Mirren, Alisha Keys and Meryl Streep to red carpet events. Russell lives and maintains a studio in Hudson NY.
Stephanie Maddalena has a BA in fine arts from Saint Thomas Aquinas College and has been lampworking since 1994 after a workshop with Kate Fowle Meleney launched her addiction to molten glass.
Lisa Spiros is currently teaching jewelry making at the JCC in Manhattan, and the 92nd Street Y, as she has for the past fifteen years. She received her B.F.A. in Metals from The State University of New York at New Paltz, and attended graduate school at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany. She has taught at the Parsons School of Design, (Coordinator), New School for Social Research, New York University and The State University of New York at New Paltz. She has been invited as a guest lecturer and visiting artist by The Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and the Hiko Mizuno College Art in Tokyo, Japan.
In her jewelry studio, Spiros makes Minimalist stainless steel jewelry and architectural metalwork. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at museums such as; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the Museum of Arts and Design, NY, Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C. National Museums of Scotland, National Museum of Wales, Crafts Council of Great Britain, Charles A. Wustum Museum, the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Laforet Museum Tokyo Japan.
Most recently, the Museum of Arts and Design made their second acquisition of her Jewelry work and The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired a piece of hers for their permanent collection through The Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. Her works will be included in a new acquisitions exhibition of the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum this November.
Hannah Wilson is an artist originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She studied Metalsmithing and Jewelry design at Skidmore College where she received her Bachelor of Science in Studio Art. Hannah has worked with metal as an art medium for 9 years, creating work which urges interaction inspired by historically defined objects. Her work has been featured in shows across New York as well as Florence, Italy. She worked as a teaching assistant in both sculpture and metals classes throughout college and now works at a fine art foundry, specializing in the casting of large-scale bronze sculptures for various, world-renowned artists. www.hannahwilsonarts.com
Elke Hekler studied metalsmithing at Queens College and at SUNY New Paltz with Kurt Matzdorf and received a MS in Art Education from Queens College.
She is a Rio Grande, Certified PMC instructor who studied with Chris Darway. Elke taught PMC classes for Ulster Community College Continuing Ed, Woodstock Guild. and Saugerties Continuing Ed. She taught Art at various levels in Deer Park, Oceanside, Rondout Valley, Poughkeepsie and Kingston Schools.
Elke’s specialty is designing and crafting both custom silver and gold jewelry and presentation pieces for recognitions, weddings and other special occasions. Her work often includes natural themes from sea and plant life.
Lissa Queeney studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Upon graduation she earned the Jewelry Design Award from Van Cleef & Arpels. After a summer in Europe she returned to work as a designer at Van Cleef & Arpels atelier on Fifth Avenue. Followed by the position of bench jeweler creating Van Cleef & Arpels work at Georges Peyrot, Inc.
She was a co-owner of the retail/wholesale jewelry company Spirit of Two; who sold their work to galleries and stores across the United States. They maintained a gallery and studio in the Rondout section of Kingston, after moving the business up from the meatpacking district in Manhattan.
Lissa has worked for a handful of noted designers, creating their one-of-a-kinds, and models for production. She currently maintains a studio making jewelry and house ware items. Gold, silver precious and semi-precious gems are incorporated into her work; which includes bridal, commissions, and one-of-a-kind pieces.
Caleb Anderson is a metalsmith and blacksmith in training with a passion for crafting unique and skillful pieces demonstrating talent in engraving, forging, metal fabrication, fusing and marriage of metals. Caleb got his start at HVS at the age of 14 as a student, where he now works as an assistant to Raychel Wengenroth. He refined his metal fabrication skills during his recent apprenticeship with Pat Flynn, and is currently fine-tuning his hammer wielding technique at Canal Forge, learning under blacksmith Jonathan Nedbor. Check out his work on Instagram at: Cubbingtonfunkerson