Saturday, June 22, 2019  – Drop-in from 10 am to 12 pm on the BRHW Craft Fair grounds.

Every third Saturday of the month,  Shelton House opens its historic barn to host a local crafter to share not only their inspiration, but also the mechanics of their craft. This month on June 22, during the Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend, Shelton House is delighted to spotlight Ilene Kay, Jeweler, who brings her unique artistry to her craft.

Ilene’s jewelry is created from Argentium Silver*, Gold, heat colored Titanium and Copper using traditional fabrication metalsmithing techniques. To a casual observer, Ilene’s work conveys a naturalistic nuance with an Asian infusion to incorporate her love of the natural world. Ilene’s inspiration uses the same skills as a child studying the various textures, shapes and colors found in stones, bark, flowers or other natural elements. As an artist, those “treasures” of inspiration are her guidance to bring a childlike awe to each piece. Ilene saws, textures, hammers and forms the metal with hand tools to bring those qualities to life in metal, enamel, Cloisonné and more. The directness of forging metal in this manner makes each piece of jewelry a unique piece of art. The elements are deliberately arranged to appeal to the senses and emotions of the person who will finally wear the jewelry.

Refreshments will be served. A $5 donation for the Shelton House is appreciated. The newly remodeled Shelton Carriage House Gift Shop will carry Ilene’s works throughout the season, as well as other featured crafters in this year’s Crafter Showcase.

For more information, visit or call 828 452 1551.

* Argentium Sterling Silver – Argentium silver 935 is a modern sterling silver alloy, containing 93.5% silver, in which the traditional alloy (92.5% silver + 7.5% copper) is modified by removing some of the copper and adding the metalloid germanium.