About Studio Q Jewelry
Katherine Goulandris and Michael Burris

Studio Q Jewelry, Abiquiu, New Mexico

 

The process of jewelry making is for us, purely collaborative. There is something special that happens when we work together which sharpens the relationship to our art. We do all of our own silver/gold work using traditional fabrication methods, soldering, hand finishing/polishing, patination and gemstone setting.

 

We feel that when the architecture of a jewelry piece relates to the architecture of the human body the design becomes alive and in doing so is no longer a piece of static sculpture. The body moves - a jewelry piece which is designed to follow this natural motion disrupts the idea of what jewelry is in a traditional sense, it becomes organic.

 

Our intention is not only to make jewelry for adornment, but instead to try and step out of the box of what is expected and make designs which surprise our audience with something new or innovative and in this way invite them into the creative process.

 

Our studio is a hand built, solar powered adobe located near the historic village of Abiquiu, New Mexico. The juniper and chamisa studded hills, and the Chama river valley below, once inspired artist Georgia O' Keeffe. The landscape is an important backdrop in our creative life.

 

We experience the expression of art as an attempt to more deeply understand the world around us. By looking more closely into what we see we hope to reveal the patterns in nature. Just as buffalo grass, cactus and juniper work together to form a harmony in their landscape we use metal, fire and stone in a effort to evoke a similar harmony.

 

Some of our customers write:

Katherine and Michael,

When we were in Santa Fe in late September, we met you at an outdoor crafts … I ended up buying a turquoise Iris Lariat. Whenever I wear it, I get tremendous compliments.  One person who went gaga over it turns out to have studied art and jewelry making in Santa Fe years ago. He couldn't stop talking about how lovely it is.  Last night, I went to a restaurant and several of the wait staff came up to me to tell me how much they liked it and to ask where I got it…of all the jewelry I bought on our trip to New Mexico, this is the piece that continues to get noticed.

Thank you!

Liz A.


Katherine & Michael,

Thank you for creating my new favorite necklace, which I purchased from you on May 27th in Cathedral Park.  I couldn't wait to start wearing it.  I was wearing it a week later on a stroll down Canyon Rd.  It was admired more than a few times. I met one of the admirers when I stopped in at the gallery on Canyon to view more of them. I am sure she made a purchase of one. The salesperson couldn't say enough nice things about you both.  …I may just have to order another from you.

I thank you again for your artistic creativity.

Regards,

Marcy Y.


Hi there,

I just wanted to write to say thank you for making such beautiful jewelry.  My husband gave me one of your necklaces for my birthday and it is absolutely lovely. The gal at Tresa Vorenberg gallery in Santa Fe was wearing one of your designs. She helped us pick out the necklace and showed me how to put it on.

I love it because it is so elegant and simple. My husband loves it because it is a great feat of engineering!! Congratulations, you have really created something special.

Kind regards,

Alison C.