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Stephanie Distler


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JURIED ARTISAN: Professional Level
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Stephanie Distler Artisan Jewelry
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Stephanie Distler is a self taught jewelry artist. Using nature for inspiration, she designs and creates artisan jewelry together with hand tools using silver (sterling and pure), copper and brass in wire or sheet form. Collecting metalsmithing tools, learning new techniques and then implementing them in her designs is a passion that is the touchstone of daily life.

Distler comes from a family of ‘makers’ including woodworkers, cooks, and farmers, but, has chosen precious metals over wood shavings, incorporating the love of nature, gardening and the culinary into her works breath. Her home-based working studio allows space for metalwork, displays, workshops, PA Wilds events, and other artistic endeavors. Distler operated a gallery for many years, and now this space allows the opportunity for her to consolidate visioning, craftsmanship, and exhibition in one location as she also includes blogging, culinary art, and photography as part of her #madebyhand business.


-2006 Recipient of the 'Champion of the Pa Wilds' award for community work and part played in ownership of then Flemish House Art Gallery, Elk County 2006 to 2012
-2016 Recipient of 'Best Brand Ambassador' award given for championing the Pennsylvania Wilds brand and pushing the envelope on how private-sector partners could leverage it in the marketplace.

Find more of her work at:
Elk County Council on the Arts in Ridgway and The PA Wilds Conservation Shop at Kinzua Bridge State Park.

Website- www.stephaniedistler.com

Pennsylvania Wilds initiative since 2006
Elk County Council on the Arts board since 2005
Hours of operation (open to the public)
by appointment or at your leisure 814.512.1209
Primary medium(s) I work in
  • jewelry
Do you offer custom work / commissioned work?
If you can make custom work, what is your typical lead time?
Custom work for each piece is different 1 week to 6 months depending on technique used.
What is your background / education related to your artistic media?
Self taught, self representing artist
Please provide any additional information you would like to share.
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The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania Team
Site Address
300 Mill St.
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Site State
Site Zip Code
How would you describe the technique(s) that you use?
Techniques used:
soldering, fusing, metal printing, cold connections, hammer forging, wire-wrapping, dry felting, improvisational bead embroidery, mixed media applications and a variety of metal finishing techniques are added consistently to the process.

Her work is unique in that the many, many different hammers used in the forging process act as brush to paper while forging on the wire and sheet metal. Each piece has a singular breath whether it is a 'Mindful Charm' with an attribute word such as Shhh... making the wearer slow down and listen or the hand sawn trees and botanicals giving a sense of 'life' to the piece.

Also ecstatic to bring you the 'PA Wilds' brand to hand forged jewelry items 'one of a kind' pieces only in my Shoppe these unique pieces are then metal printed & hammer forged in small batches.

A few words on the making:
Production starts with either wire or sheet metal made of sterling silver, pure silver, copper or brass. Having a thought on whether 'Mindful Charms', pendants, bangles, bracelets, riveted work, wrapped beaded necklaces, rings or earrings will be created.
Cleaning the metal, cutting to shape or length, choosing the design elements, tools needed such as metal stamps, hammers, texturing punches, etc. Working at the large stump bench, soldering station or finish area depending on what step in the process she is at.
Metal printing, hammering and texturing allow her to put more of an artistic flow to the work and the part of the process she relishes.
When finishing a piece deburring, filing, sanding, tumbling and the final polishing will then occur to create a piece that is comfortable for the wearer and one that will endure for generations to come.
What professional arts or related organizations do you belong to?
Elk County Council on the Arts and The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania
-2016 Recipient of Pa Wilds Champion award for 'Best Brand Ambassador' of the year for outstanding contributions to sustainable tourism development in the marketplace.

-2006 Recipient of the 'Champion of the Pa Wilds' award for community work and part played in ownership of then Flemish House Art Gallery, Elk County
A featured artist of the "Creative Makers" traveling exhibit, 2016/2017 project with Katie Weidenboerner Deppen photojournalist.
-2015 thru the current year for Pennsylvania Wilds ArtsFest

-2017 PA Wilds Conservation Shops Buyer's Market

-Pittsburgh: HandMade Arcade http://www.handmadearcade.com/ &
Three Rivers Arts Festhttp://www.3riversartsfest.org/

-Philadelphia: Manayunk Arts Festival http://manayunk.com/signature-events/manayunk-arts-festival/

-Wilkes-Barre: Fine Arts Fiesta http://fineartsfiesta.org/.
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Billing inquiries? Member Support? Contact our Admin  Partner:
Elk County Council on the Arts
237 Main  St.  Ridgway.  PA 15853  | 814-772-7051 | wildscopa@pawildscenter.org
The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania
is a program of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship,
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