Who We Are
The W.R. Metalarts team caters to clientele that want a personal and collaborative relationship with their makers, and jewelry with a story that they can feel good about. Skilled artistic vision and unconditional support for our clients come together to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind experience and work of art you will enjoy forever.
As a family-owned business based out of Brattleboro Vermont - our work is non-traditional just like us! We put so much love and care into everything we create and we feel incredibly honored to be part of your love stories!
We are believers in ethically created jewelry and sustainably sourced materials. We prioritize workers' rights and are ever-conscious of our environmental impact. Every piece of our work is meticulously thought through to ensure it will enrich the lives of the people who helped bring your vision to life. By working with local small-family stone suppliers and miners, recycled and fair-mined metals and gems, and supporting other small businesses you can know that your work of art supported fellow artisans and was created with a love for the environment.
We know there is always more we can do to support fellow artisans and workers, as well as lessen our environmental impact. We strive to stay informed and continue to research methods of sustainability and ethical sourcing so W.R. Metalarts is leading in the highest standards in the industry.
We are so passionate about creating beautiful symbols of love that you can cherish for generations. Let's bring your dream idea to life together!
Master Jeweler & co-owner
Will is a metalsmith and jeweler located in Brattleboro, Vermont. He blends ancient techniques of mokume gane, lost wax carving and casting, and precious metal fabrication with his training in modern technologies such as 3-D CAD/CAM computer rendered design. Will graduated from Earlham College in 2011 with a degree in fine art metalsmithing. Will spent four years in fine art foundry management at New England Sculpture Service, in Boston, and Wegner Metalarts in Fredericksburg, Virgina. Will is an alumnus of the Mass MoCA Assets for Artists program, and the Greater Boston Arts and Business Council's Artist Toolbox.
project & marketing manager
Jessica has a combined degree in Environmental Studies and Humanities and is passionate about ethical sourcing and sustainability. A true extrovert she is just as excited about your project as you are! She has experience in hospitality, and a love for nature, activism, and art. She ensures that our clients have the most special, ethically-driven, ring buying experience in the world.
Vanessa met Will in college where she was the teaching assistant in his first metals class. They became fast friends and have collaborated on many projects together over the past ten years. She has a masters in metalsmithing and is exceptionally skilled in wax-carving and casting. Bringing new life to family heirlooms is a passion of hers and she loves recasting old rings into new W.R. Metalarts pieces. She aslo does beautiful work in ceramics and woodworking when not creating stunning jewelry.
Martin attended Earlham will Will and Vanessa and Will was actually his T.A. in their metalsmithing class together! Martin is extensively trained in Turkish coppersmithing and has participated in many prestigious craft shows over the years such as the Smithsonian show and the American Craft Council Baltimore retail show, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art show.
Rosie studied photography, digital media and design, as well as human development and social relations at Earlham College and The Aegean Center for Fine Arts, and later graduated from Northwestern University Law School with a focus in legal services, small business, and entrepreneurship. She is currently works in the non-profit world as a Project Director. When not working she enjoys tackling overly ambitious DIY home projects, playing in the garden, hiking, cooking, drawing, sewing, and playing the mandolin!
Colin joined the team to handle all of the analytics of our growing business. He works behind the scenes to make sure that if you are looking for a sustainable, ethical, and beautiful ring you can easily fine us. With a degree in geology and a pilot's license he really has seen it all. If you have found us through social media it's all thanks to Colin!
What an eventful year! We started off by welcoming Jessica to the team and by March we had to transition to operating completely out of our home studio because of Covid-19. We were so fortunate to receive so much support and love through the year and we made over two hundred and thirty rings! WOW!!