Shelagh Blatz works with sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones. Each piece begins as a drawing that she, then cuts from sheet silver & after stone setting, is polished & strung on semi-precious gemstone beads. Each piece of jewelry, be it a necklace, ring, bracelet or earring, is an original creation that is hand forged in Shelagh’s design studio. All pieces are stamped sterling silver, signed by the artist and each gemstone is genuine and set by hand. Many of the jewelry pieces are one-of-a-kind, with completely unique hand-picked stones chosen and imported for me from overseas.
Shelagh began silversmithing in 2002 because she couldn’t find the types of pieces that she liked. In frustration, Shelagh took some classes & just started to make things for herself and got carried away. The demands of being a busy mother, ranch wife & business owner; don’t often allow many opportunities to wear a lot of jewelry, so seeing other people enjoy her creations, is extremely fulfilling for Shelagh.
Strength and Faith
Shelagh’s faith is a strong influence in the line. “People ask me about the symbolism in the jewelry, I tell them it’s simply, I love crosses and I love what they stand for. The design process itself, is all about trust and faith – and when they’re working together, I end up creating something I am truly proud of.”
Living on their ranch outside of Calgary, Alberta, Shelagh and her husband, Jeff and their four children embody ranch life and the western lifestyle. Raising ‘kids, cows & horses’, the ranch is a constant buzz, trail rides in the summer, lots of studio work in the winter, and calving in the early spring.
A Passion for Designing Jewelry
Shelagh credits her mentor, Shirley Paradis and classes at the Alberta College of Art & Design, for helping to develop her knowledge and technique.
“My jewelry is not an accessory, but an expression. My pieces aren’t about buying into what mass media tells you should be, but about finding a piece that speaks to the individual and echoes their personality. I believe jewelry can influence the way you feel; it can say and mean something very different to each person.”