|Anticlastic raised right hand bracelet from the
Series Terra Collection ~ 2004
Photo: Doug Yaple
|In today's world, I feel blessed to have work that makes me feel so good. I feel even more blessed to have the ability to pass that feeling on to others
by the very nature of them wearing something I've created. All I hope about my work is that it shows how very much I love what I do! I'm frequently
asked if it isn't difficult to part with the art jewelry pieces that I make and my reply is always the same. "My connection with each piece is as a mutual
agreement between myself and the metal. I make the suggestions; the metal has the ultimate say in its' final outcome. In the end, I simply facilitate
the meeting between the 'owner', if you will, and the piece I helped create. It was a part of my soul, but it was never mine to keep." I believe it's best
to share the joy of creation.
|Gold, silver, copper and gems. With consuming passion and full time dedication to her art, self taught metalsmith Pamela Bellesen creates
stunning and original personal adornments in metal. Her one of a kind art jewelry pieces may only be purchased from her (but will soon be
available in select galleries). Her three commercial lines may be found in high end boutiques and galleries around the country. Pamela is a
member of the Seattle Metals Guild, the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and the American Craft Society.
In 2002, with the blessings of her husband, Pamela left her full time job to start Wide Mouth Frog Designs. Within the first year, she began her move
from bead based jewelry designs to metal work. Originally, she only sought a way to add more of herself to the beaded jewelry pieces she was
creating. "But once I touched the metal, that was it. There was no turning back. Metal feeds a part of my soul like no other medium I've ever
touched", says Pamela. She began what she calls her 'course of study' through the 'University of Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com' devouring
information like a sponge. "If I would have be employed elsewhere when this happened, I would have probably been fired, because I thought of
nothing else. Now, I practically eat, sleep, think and dream metal!"
Knowing that she needed to find a balance between her art and the need to have a steady income, Pamela developed the wholesale side of her
business. "If I'm the only one selling my work, I'm not going to make a living at it. I needed to get my work into stores and that was going to be a
huge commitment". In 2005, just three months after her husband had a stroke, Pamela took her lines to her first wholesale trade show in Portland,
OR. There she met a wonderful woman named Sherry who happened to be a sales rep showing several lines in her own booth. Sherry looked at
Pamela's lines, loved what she saw and agreed to take her on as a new artist. Working closely together, Pamela and Sherry began the business of
building the wholesale side of Wide Mouth Frog Designs. By the end of 2007, Pamela's work could be found in over 40 high end boutiques and
galleries across the country and she now employees two part time studio assistants to help with the work load. Pamela says, "My future goals are
to find additional reps and build the business enough that I will be able to hire one of my sons to work as my full time studio assistant. Making this a
family operation would be a happy factor".
Pamela is a member of the Seattle Metals Guild, American Craft Society, a Youth Mentor with the Kitsap County Juvenile Department,
a member of the National Association of Professional Women and a former board member of Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest.
Learn who Anna is and see her art.
Pamela lives with her husband Paul and has four wonderful children and four beautiful grandchildren.
You may contact us at:
Studio Wide Mouth Frog
3577 NE Lincoln Road
Poulsbo, WA 98370
|StudioWide Mouth Frog
Copper Lotus flower candle and incense burner.
For Refuge Ceremony
January 2009 Studio photo
|Uncommon beauty in metal art
|You can view a gallery of my work
and, from bottom, up, see the
evolution of a metalsmith. Although
the concentration of our efforts are
going to be on the wholesale side, I
will continue to work on designing
and fabricating a collection of
beautiful one of a kind pieces of
jewelry in sterling silver and faceted