Birds and Bangles: Karen Mitchell

Karen Mitchell uses nature as inspiration for her jewelry



When Karen Mitchell holds a stone in the palm of her hand, she sees a bird. This Mont Vernon jeweler finds the color and shape of semi-precious stones as inspiration for a starting point for her sterling silver jewelry.

Mitchell, after 25 years as a dental lab technician, followed the career path of her mother, Eleanor Tinsley Bacon, who still contributes to the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen by sponsoring the E. Tin Bacon Award for silver jewelry each year. Her daughter has now been a League member for more than twenty years.

The crowns and bridgework were not for naught. Mitchell uses those skills in creating her nature-inspired necklaces, bracelets and brooches. "Much of the preparation work is the same," she says.

In another direction she adds a fine jewelers' saw to her toolkit. Details of line drawings are pierced through the metal. Presently she has a line of pooches, where she captures the likeness of individual dogs in silver brooches.

Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. Exercise in Disguise
    Fitness can be fun — if it’s camouflaged. Here’s how to dance, drum and surf your way to a...
  2. Counterpoint: The Positive Effects of Rail
    In our July issue, James Pindell discussed the politics of a Boston-NH rail line. Here, a local...
  3. Host an Outdoor Harvest Party
    Friends gather for a harvest dinner at the historic Canterbury Shaker Village - find inspiration...
  4. Hang Gliding in New Hampshire
    Want to be a bird? Try a little flying.
  5. A Feast on Main Street
    After a year off, The Farmers Dinner returns to Nashua this September for a one-of-a-kind formal...
  6. Local Yoke Jerry Courser
    Old-fashioned friendly farmer Jerry Courser talks ox
  7. Liars’ Bench Beer Co. of Portsmouth
    At this new Portsmouth brewery opened by two UNH grads, you'll find full-flavored session beers...
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags