Flow is a partnership of two people who share a life, their home, and their jewelry studio business. Both Michael Thee and Mary Wohlgemuth have a graphic arts background that gives their jewelry a recognizable style of clean lines, thoughtful design, and details of texture and color that delight your eye.
Michael has been creating jewelry since the mid-'90s when he began an apprenticeship as a goldsmith. He worked as a solo 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 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 in designing and fabricating their jewelry line. Together they also design and market tools for jewelry makers (many made in Milwaukee!), which you can find on Etsy under the shop name FlowStudioSupply.
Gemstones are plentiful in Flow’s jewelry line. Both Mary and Michael cut stone slabs into cabochons they use in their jewelry. Being able to shape their own gives them great flexibility and allows them to create unusual shapes and sizes of extraordinary gemstones you won’t find in mainstream jewelry. Both partners enjoy rockhounding – searching for and gathering those one-of-a-kind fossils and artifacts 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 at art fairs throughout the Midwest, and are represented exclusively in Milwaukee at Magpie Gallery. They also enjoy teaching and sharing their skills in metalsmithing and stone setting in their hometown and on the road.