Flow Jewelry Studio is a partnership of two people who share a life, their home, and their jewelry studio business. Mary Wohlgemuth and Michael Thee both have a graphic arts background that finds its way into their jewelry in terms of clean lines and a keen eye for detail.
Michael has been creating jewelry since the mid’-90 when he began an apprenticeship as a goldsmith. He worked on his own as a studio jeweler for 10 years and, in 2006, graduated with honors from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s jewelry fabrication program. A photographer since age 12, Michael also studied Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Mary’s background includes a wide variety of creative pursuits and professional experience, including art direction, illustration, and publishing. Her training in metal arts and jewelry making started at Milwaukee Area Technical College in the 1990s. A graduate of Marquette University, she furthered her fine arts education at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Mary apprenticed with Michael full-time for three years, and now Mary and Michael are equal partners when it comes to designing and fabricating their jewelry line.
Gemstones are plentiful in Flow’s jewelry line, and both Mary and Michael cut and shape slabs into cabochons they can use in jewelry. It’s important to them to be able to create the shapes they envision for their jewelry designs, and being able to cut their own gives them great freedom and flexibility and allows unusual shapes and sizes you won’t find in other artists’ jewelry. Both partners enjoy rockhounding – searching and uncovering those one-of-a-kind slabs to take back to the studio so they can reveal the beauty within.
Michael and Mary share their home studio in Milwaukee with two studio pups, Emme and Angelica. They show their handsmithed jewelry online and in person at galleries and art fairs throughout the Midwest. They also enjoy teaching and sharing their skills in metalsmithing and stone setting in their hometown and on the road.