ABOUT


Curriculum Vitae

 

BIO

Edna Madera is a first-generation American studio jeweler working in Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Metalsmithing from the School of Fine Art at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She also graduated from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing while gaining experience as a jewelry instructor through a teaching assistantship.  

Edna continued to hone her craft at the workbench by maintaining a studio practice while working as a bench jeweler and studio assistant, executing repairs, stone setting, and small batch production. 

Her technical experience opened opportunities in the jewelry industry.  Hired as a product development manager and jewelry designer, focusing on artisan handmade looks, Edna learned the ins and outs of global sourcing, product development, and supply chain.  

In 2014 Edna opened her namesake studio where her mission is to meld design and technique in fine jewelry.  

 

CRAFTSMANSHIP

Like an accumulation of pencil marks illustrates a picture, a multitude of delicate 24 karat gold threads are applied over silver.  Each wisp of pure gold is razor cut and torch fused, one by one, in Edna's Kansas City studio.

 

MATERIALS

Choosing sustainable materials whenever possible is a key mission at Edna Madera's studio.  Her signature technique is executed with 90% recycled gold and silver. Metals are sourced from the same American refinery she has trusted for over 25 years.  Diamonds are sourced by partners who champion conflict-free gems from safe origins.

 

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

2021

  • Gold Fusing Workshop, Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina  
  • American Craft Council - Baltimore Craft Week

2019

  • Master Artist Workshop: Gold Fusing, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA
  • Master Artist Lecture, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA

2018

  • Higher Education Channel (HEC-TV) Meet the Artist -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPE9UheqQt4&feature=youtu.be

  • American Craft Council "Baltimore Show Awards of Excellence" -
https://craftcouncil.org/post/2018-baltimore-show-awards-excellence

  • "New Brooches: 400+ Designs in Contemporary Jewellery"- Nicolas Estrada; Promopress.
  • "JAMS Jewelry and Metals Survey 2017" - Society for North American Goldsmiths.
  • Saint Louis Art Fair, St Louis, MO
  • Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO
  • American Craft Council Show, St Paul, MN
  • American Craft Council Show, Atlanta, GA
  • American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD

 


CONTACT

Edna Madera
1407 Kansas Ave. Kansas City, MO  64127
emt@ednamadera.com
816-743-1399