About the Artist

"Anything I can do to bring attention in a beneficial way to the natural world is what I do."

Kris designs and creates fine- and sterling- silver jewelry that features landscapes, wildlife, and tracks. Her medium is metal clay, in particular silver metal clay, which consists of silver molecules, an organic binder, and water. A kiln firing process removes the binder and water leaving pure silver or 96.2% silver. It is important to Kris that the metal clay contains 20 to 40% silver reclaimed from discarded electronics, photographic film, and other industrial waste.

Kris’ sculpting is small and often only tools, not fingers, can best influence the clay. She loves silver down to the molecular level, believing it shares qualities with humans: it prefers change be incremental; it reflects light; it is fragile and strong at once. With silversmithing tools and techniques Kris finishes each piece to a virgin shine and/or an elegant satin, always with a dark patina inlay.

Kris is a Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Senior Instructor certified by the former PMC Connection and Rio-Rewards Certified by RioGrande, thanks in part to a grant from the Montana Art Council, an agency of State Government. 

In 2012 Kris “passed with distinction the certification review” by the Montana Arts Council, signaling that she developed a sustainable business in art. The additional honor of distinction was awarded based on a demonstrated depth of understanding of her art and the development of a strong brand suited for her specific artistic and business niche.

Kris achieved Level 1 in 2017, Level 2 in 2018, and is listed as a Master in the Metal Clay Masters Registry. After more than a decade the Metal Clay Masters Registry ceased operations on June 30, 2019.

As of 2020, Kris retired from teaching and her participation in AMCAW. Then in 2022, she began teaching again voluntarily at the Green Valley Recreation Lapidary and Silversmithing Club, one or more classes a month. She still maintains her Etsy Shop, The Silver Pendant, and a few select retail locations that she has supplied and nurtured over the years. Her most recent activity is partnering with Linda Kohanov in Eponaquest®  jewelry.

She moved from Whitefish, Montana in 2021 and now lives in Green Valley, Arizona. Will she ever retire? She volunteer teaches at the Green Valley Recreation, Inc. Lapidary and Silversmithing Club, which has three fully equiped studios with a classroom. Kris is also a certified Life Coach, coaching individuals online. She is also on the staff  at Eponaquest®, facilitating small groups of clients.

© Kris Kramer 2024