Natalie T. is a collection of fine artisan jewelry and accessories designed and handwrought by Denise Graves that blends beautiful metalsmithing techniques with precious gemstones.
A lifelong love affair with the sea is distinct in the watery blue beach glass colors of Natalie T.'s most recent line, which Denise designed while living on the Gulf of Mexico in Orange Beach, Alabama. Chalcedony, known as a healing stone, dominates these designs. Its translucent effect is said to restore calm and balance, and encourage progress and growth.
The gorgeous result of a hammered finish and the combination of contrasting metals, such as argentium and 18K gold — as seen in much of her current jewelry collection and scarf jewelry— demonstrate Denise's affection and talent for metalsmithing, particularly the forging process .
Denise Graves is a jeweler and artist whose passion for creativity was fostered by her grandparents — a craftswoman named Natalie Turner Sampson ("Natalie T.") and a painter, woodcarver and craftsman named Howard Sampson — who encouraged young Denise's imaginative impulses.
Denise formalized her creative passions and love of design in college with a degree in fine arts with a concentration in metalsmithing. She then landed an apprenticeship with an Italian Jeweler learning the art of diamond setting including pave', prong, flush, and channel setting. She has since taught metalsmithing in various regions where she has lived, sharing her love of the forging process with her students. While she enjoys teaching, Denise considers herself an eternal student as well.
Currently based amidst the lakes and mountains of New Hampshire's Monadnock Region, Denise's work can be found in the Sharon Fine Arts & Craft Gallery, Peterborough, NH., Vermont Artisan Design, Brattleboro, Vt., Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Keene, NH. and at select juried Artisan Fairs throughout New England.
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