Genevieve Flynn 

Artist's History 

ARTISTS BIO

Award wining silversmith, Genevieve Flynn, has been working in precious metals for 40 years creating hollowware and art jewelry family heirlooms.  Flynn has been invited to create numerous private commissions, including an intricately chased and engraved hand mirror that was presented to music industry personality, Paula Abdul and a commemorative 1985 World Series pin for the late Ewing Kauffman, then owener of the Kansas City Royals and Marion Laboratories.

With degrees in jewelry design, jewelry repair and hand engraving, Flynn perfected her construction sills while working as a bench jeweler for seven years.  Considered a master at pierced metal in her own right, Flynn soon launched into an exploration into hollowware design studying under Heikki Seppa, the modern father of form emphasis through anticlastic and synclastic raising.  She went on to study the chasing and respoussé art form working under the Italian master instructor, Fabrizio Acquafresca and Valentin Yotkov, top artists in their field.  

As a master silversmith, Flynn has dedicated a major portion of her career to teaching students the technical intricacies of working with the precious metals of silver and gold.  One of her greatest accomplishments as an instructor is in the creation of her Metal Arts Visiting Master's Program where she hosts national and international master level instructors in jewelry, and hollowware, drawing students to her teaching studio from all over the country.  Her program gives students and artists the rare opportunity to study under a highly specialized master instructor in an intimate setting.

 

Curriculum Vitaé
1985 University of Kansas, Metalsmithing & Holloware with Jon Havener
1986 Heikki Seppa workshop
1991 Penland School of Arts, Metal forming with Heikki Seppa                                 1999 Valentin Yotkov, Intensive focus on chasing & repoussé                               2010-2015 Fabrizio Acquafresca, Intensive focusing on old world Italian chasing & repoussé                                                                                                           2012 Fabrizio Acquafresca, Intensive focus on using snarling irons in hollowware                                                                                                                                   2012 David Huang, Intesive focus on raising vessels                                               2014 Kevin O'Dwyer, Intensive focus on hollow forms                                             2014 Alison Antelman, Intensive focus on custom clasps                                       2014 Thomas Herman, Intensive focus on Japanese metal carving                                                             

Professional Experience
1975-1982 Trade Jeweler
1982-present Self-employed
1989-1998 Director of the Baltimore Alternative Craft Show    

Teaching
1989-1997 Beginning silversmithing/junior high level
1997-present Beginning, intermediate, advanced silversmithing/adults

Awards
1985 Columbia Art Festival 27 Merit award
1998 Highland Park Festival First prize                                                                   2014 River Market Regional Exhibition The Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO                                                                                                                     2015 Saul Bell Design Award Competition Finalist

Publications
November, 1985 The Kansas City Magazine
June, 1997 The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle                                                         July,1997 The Wednesday Magazine                                                                       2004  The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle                                                               2004, The Kansas City Star Magazine                                                                   2005-2006  The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Calendar                         2010  500 Judaica, Lark Publications                                                                       2014, August  The Kansas City Star 

Commissions
1985 World Series Commemorative pin
1990 Paula Abdul Sterling hand mirror
1994 St. Peter’s Church Sterling silver chalice

 
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