emmy bean jewelry
handcrafted with heart
Interested in learning metalsmithing, or adding a new skill to your repertoire? I'm a jewelry / metalsmithing teacher at The Banana Factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
The Fall 2019 session has been scheduled, and is NOW OPEN for registration! Click "details" for more info and registration links.
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I'm Emily Kitt: an award-winning jewelry artist with nearly 20 years of experience, and a whole lot of passion.
I first learned metalworking while in college and studying Art Education at Kutztown University, and it quickly became something I couldn't live without. I worked in the publishing world for 10 years while tinkering away in the studio during downtime from work. I continued learning new techniques, was part of a wonderful jewelry artist collective (Bluestem Studio), and when the collection parted ways, I set out on my own.
Now I'm a full time jewelry artist. This has let me spend so much more time with my daughter, and still be able to focus on my work in the studio. My work has been featured on Interweave and Rio Grande's websites, published in several magazines, and received numerous awards. I'm member #4145 of the SRAJD.
Creating jewelry is my passion, as is adhering to eco-friendly methods... it's not just better for the earth, but healthier for myself and anyone else who spends time in my studio.
The majority of my pieces are one of a kind; I feel that each person is unique, so their jewelry should be, too! I'm lucky enough for my dream job to be a full time gig, and it's all thanks to wonderful people like yourself who support independent artists who make each piece by hand.
2019 show schedule
Click on the title of each show for more details and driving directions
March 30, 2019 10am–5pm
Agri-Plex Expo Center
302 N. 17th Street
Bethlehem Food Co-Op Artisan Fair & Earth Day Festival
April 27, 2019 11am–4pm
Sisters of St. Francis Center for Renewal
395 Bridle Path Road
SouthSide Arts & Music Festival
May 4, 2019 1pm–7pm
throughout South Bethlehem
I'll be located in the Banana Factory parking lot, 25 W. Third Street
The Craftery Market
May 19, 2019 10am–3pm
The Market at DelVal
2100 Lower State Road
Art in the Park
June 15, 2019 10am–5pm
Landsdale Festival of the Arts
August 24, 2019 10am–4pm
300 E. Main Street (Rt. 63)
Pennypacker Mills Annual Craft Marketplace
September 21, 2019 9:30am–3pm
5 Haldeman Road
Pocono Mountain Arts Council's Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
November 30–December 1, 2019 10am–5pm
The Conference Center at Kalahari Resort
250 Kalahari Blvd
Pocono Manor, PA
I'm so excited to announce that I'll be teaching three classes and two workshops this fall at the fantastic Banana Factory in Southside Bethlehem, PA!
Each class is limited to seven students, so mark your calendars and contact The Banana Factory for questions and registration.
Intro to Jewelry, Tuesdays from 10/1–11/19, 6:00pm–9:00pm
This eight-week course will teach basic metalsmithing skills such as sawing, piercing, filing, soldering, gem setting, and polishing. The combination of these skills will result in the creation of several finished projects in silver.
Jewelry Sampler, a special three-week class will be back by popular demand! Held on Wednesday mornings, September 25th through October 9th, 9:30am–12:30pm. This special session is condensed, so one project will be completed each class, creating an instant jewelry wardrobe.
Week 1: Hook-and-eye sterling bangle bracelet
Week 2: Sterling saddle ring
Week 3: Domed sterling earrings
Discover Jewelry: Bezel Set Ring: a one-day workshop, Sunday October 20th, 10am–4pm (a short break will be taken for lunch)
We will create a gemstone-set ring, from start to finish in this intensive workshop.
Jewelry Sampler: Keum Boo will be a special three-week class, focusing solely on Keum Boo (fusing 24k gold to fine silver). November 6th–November 20th, 9:30am–12:30pm. After fusing the gold to silver, we'll use that material to create finished pieces of jewelry, i.e. pendant, earrings, and a ring or bracelet.
Discover Jewelry: Spinner Ring: a one-day workshop, Sunday November 17th, 10am–4pm (a short break will be taken for lunch)
We will create a wide band sterling spinner ring from start to finish, with up to three narrower bands which spin around the main band... the grown-up answer to a fidget spinner!