Marilee Nielsen believes that a spiritual connection to a natural world order can be found within the undulating, organic shapes of her jewelry. She strives to create this connection in each of her pieces, making jewelry that contains a sense of peace and beauty. Nielsen is also a teacher who shares her process as a way to improve upon her designs and to share the joy of creation with others.
Nielsen fabricates her jewelry one piece at a time from sheet silver, silver tubes, solder, and a very hot acetylene torch. She enjoys the process of bringing to life in silver the designs she meticulously draws and plans before construction.
Nielsen has a degree in landscape architecture and spent a year studying art and architecture in Florence, Italy. She completed a second degree in art, during which time she began her education in jewelry fabrication. Her design background and hours of working as a painter translate into great attention to detail in her jewelry. She also has a masters degree in education and finds that teaching continues to refine her work.
"My goal is to create jewelry inspired by natural forms, that incorporates clean lines and demonstrates flawless technique."