Jewelry Designer Harmony Winters

Bracelets and necklaces in sterling silver and 14k gold.

Bracelets and necklaces in sterling silver and 14k gold.

Harmony Winters
Westport, MA

I was immediately drawn to Harmony's jewelry because of its simple lines, fine details and organic forms. After meeting her, I learned why it resonates so much with me and all her customers - the ocean. Her designs are a reflection of her time spent on and under the sea as a surfer and diver. The flowing seaweed, the ripples on the surface, or the shells on the beach all find a way into her pieces. Here is a little more about her work and inspiration...

How long have you been making jewelry and what materials do you work with the most?
I'm officially at the 10 year mark of making jewelry full time! I work primarily in recycled sterling silver and 14-18k gold.

Harmony in her shop/studio in Westport, MA.

Harmony in her shop/studio in Westport, MA.

You started as a glass blower. How did that experience contribute to what you make today?
The experience of blowing glass was a great lesson on color and peoples emotional connection to it by way of handmade objects. I found myself collecting all the tiny colorful bits that would fall to the floor - they were little color talismans! Each blue/green swirl telling a little story. That naturally progressed into making jewelry out of them so I could carry them with me. My work still holds that luminous delicate nature of glass, where each line and bend creates a different feeling to the piece.

Your studio is not far from the ocean. How does your environment influence or inspire your designs?
My work is completely inspired by the ocean. It's why I started my business! I needed the freedom to surf when there were waves, so quit my day job and started my jewelry business. Every texture, color and line reflects something ocean related. I've been really enamored by the texture the wind makes on the water this past year and that's reflected in my new work. 

Tools and materials in the studio...the anvil is a family heirloom.

Tools and materials in the studio...the anvil is a family heirloom.

What are some of the things your customers respond to most about your pieces?
My customers feel a connection to the delicate feminine look of the pieces meanwhile recognizing the strength in it's design. I make everything durable enough to wear in the ocean yet comfortable to fall asleep in. 

Why do you feel handmade things are important today?
Owning something handmade feels grounding. It brings us closer to nature and our community through the materials and story while connecting us to our history through the innate process.

A collection of some of Harmony's latest pieces.

A collection of some of Harmony's latest pieces.

Visit Harmony at her new studio and shop!
896 Main Road, Westport MA
Hours Tuesday - Saturday 10-4, Thursday 10-2


You can learn more and purchase pieces at
www.harmonywinters.com

Photos: Melissa DiPalma


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