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214 E Walnut St
Springfield, MO, 65806

417-866-6688

Hawthorn Galleries offers an ever-changing collection of fine art from locally and nationally renowned artists. The two level gallery in the heart of downtown Springfield, Missouri offers a wide variety of original paintings, sculptures, Art glass, and handmade jewelry.

Julie Lake

Julie Lake


Tenitic jewelry is the outcome of extensive experimentation with the capacity and resilience of small gauge stainless steel wire. Each link is individually handmade using a TIG welder and a special alloyed & tempered 300 series wire which measures sixteen-thousandths of an inch (.016") in diameter. I've always had an inclination toward non-traditional processes and materials in my jewelry. I find that most work created from precious metals and with conventional fabrication methods lack any perceptible inquiry or discovery....  I'm compelled to uncover the possibilities apart from these standards. With the Tenitic pieces, the result is an extremely delicate looking form that reveals its material nature in reflectiveness and strength.

Artist Statement: 

When people ask me what I do, my response is often predicated by the context.... who is asking and the environment in which the question is posed. I am a welder, a machinist, a designer, a bartender, a metalsmith, a jeweler, and occasionally I have the courage to reply that I am an artist... but my default is simply to say that I make things.

Working is to find the connections, the underlying system that resolves the problem, and disciplines are never mutually exclusive. Mixing drinks made me a better welder. Repairing jewelry helped me understand interpersonal dynamics. Building structures that have to hold human weight instigated a curiosity about planets and space. Basic engine repairs make me think about the spread of illness.

Assembly line, ultra-specialized thinking serves a purpose, but how it is ingrained into the American psyche is detrimental to progressive thinking. I am an interdisciplinary cheerleader, and I strive to inhabit, as a maker, all the gray and niche-less.

Maybe one day my welder will wed my sewing machine, and together, they will bake perfect apple pies, write songs and keep up on advancements in neuroscience.