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About

Silverwaves

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Lissa Flemming

Metalsmith & Owner

It’s a good place to be: hand forging and sharing jewelry secrets next to this beautiful Lake. It took a while, but every adventure, sorrow, joy, moonrise, cup of tea, workshop and dirt road has brought me to where I am and is reflected in my jewelry designs.

I am inspired by Lake Superior and its waves and ripples; the trees moving in the breeze, the pebbles along the shore and other creative artists who inhabit these shores.

Setting native stones from around the Lake with organic sterling frames is my passion: Lake Superior Agate, Mohawkite, Thomsonite, Greenstone, Basalt, etc…and I also use stones from all over the globe; they are too beautiful to ignore!

Each hand created piece tells a story without words and I am honored when someone wears one of my pieces to remind them of their own adventure and create their own story.

Be sure to check out the photo of my mom, Lettie, hanging next to her bench in her gallery. Lettie’s kindness, creativity and soul lives on through my and her work.

Lissa Flemming

Metalsmith & Owner

It’s a good place to be: hand forging and sharing jewelry secrets next to this beautiful Lake. It took a while, but every adventure, sorrow, joy, moonrise, cup of tea, workshop and dirt road has brought me to where I am and is reflected in my jewelry designs.

I am inspired by Lake Superior and its waves and ripples; the trees moving in the breeze, the pebbles along the shore and other creative artists who inhabit these shores.

Setting native stones from around the Lake with organic sterling frames is my passion: Lake Superior Agate, Mohawkite, Thomsonite, Greenstone, Basalt, etc…and I also use stones from all over the globe; they are too beautiful to ignore!

Each hand created piece tells a story without words and I am honored when someone wears one of my pieces to remind them of their own adventure and create their own story.

Be sure to check out the photo of my mom, Lettie, hanging next to her bench in her gallery. Lettie’s kindness, creativity and soul lives on through my and her work.

Collage of images showing Lissa Flemming and various pieces of jewelry
Bird Pendant on a piece of driftwood

A biologist turned metalsmith and 18 year resident of Baja, Mexico, Lissa has been living in Bayfield, WI now for 24 years.

Her unique perspective, travels and adventure enthusiasm, fuel organic jewelry designs which masterfully incorporate the majestic beauty of Lake Superior and the natural world.

Art in Bayfront Park (Duluth, MN) best of show winner (2015), Lissa Flemming opened Silverwaves Jewelry, an art gallery & working studio in Spring 2016.

In fall 2021 she moved down the street into a bigger space and opened a fully equipped jewelry and art teaching studio, Workshop 46.8°N.

Jensa Banes

Jensa Banes

Artist & Staff

Jensa Banes has been making jewelry since she was a teenager experimenting with beading, wire wrapping, and mixed media.

She has a curiosity for how things are put together and would take apart jewelry to fix or create something new. In college, she studied animation but decided that creating with her hands, and not a computer, was the path forward.

Jensa has lived in Bayfield, WI for over a decade finding inspiration (and even jewelry making materials!) from the beautiful wilderness of Lake Superior’s south shore.

RavenWind

RavenWind

Artist & Staff

RavenWind is a life long multi- medium artist who works with paper, found objects, clay, fiber, beads, rocks, and everything in between. She has taught work-shops and classes in weaving, spinning, dyeing, beading, jewelry making, and mixed media art.

RavenWind’s goal is to create something everyday. She loves helping people find their hidden talents and believes there is never a wrong way to make art.

She lives by a quote from her high school art teacher, Peter Ecker the Younger. “Creativity is the cure for boredom, there is no cure for creativity”.

Beth Lowthian

Beth Lowthian

Artist & Staff

Beth was a wanderer. It started as a child, moving frequently and living in several states and in Canada. In adulthood, she enjoyed a 32 year career with the National Park Service along with more moving and living in beautiful places where others go to vacation. Then came Bayfield and Lake Superior and the wandering stopped.

She and her husband enjoy the energy and magic of the lake while kayaking, sailing, open water swimming, and walking beautiful Lake Superior beaches. Past artistic endeavors include quilting and community theater. Semi-retired, Beth joined the Silverwaves Jewelry family in the spring of 2024 to assist on the sales floor and begin to learn the basics of jewelry making.

Tessah Wickus

Tessah Wickus

Artist & Staff

Tessah is an avid fan of the outdoors and was brought to the area through Northland College’s Outdoor Education program back in 2008. She discovered her passion for crafting when her father gave her her first friendship bracelet book as a child and has enjoyed making individualized pieces with found and recycled materials for family and friends ever since. New to the crew in 2024, she’s looking forward to refining her techniques and learning new methods through her time with the Silverwaves family.

In addition to working with the Silverwaves family, Tessah owns and operates her own wood flooring business, Superior Sanding & Refinishing. When she’s not working you can find her in her garden, cooking food, cuddling her critters or enjoying time with family and friends.

Susan Fetter Ward

Susan Fetter Ward

Artist & Staff

Susan Fetter Ward, an avid quilt maker and designer, brings storytelling and a variety of techniques to her workshops. As a longtime resident of Bayfield, Susan discovered the draw of the northwoods and the magic of Lake Superior over forty-plus years ago.

An interest in fiber arts and quilt design began alongside a teaching career, leading to a merging of the two. The intrigue of color and texture, together with the challenge of finding accurate and efficient construction methods, is brought together in her original series of patterns and cutting guides.

When not at her sewing table, Susan enjoys reading, Lake Superior’s many delights, finding time with family and friends, and dreaming up new ways to rethink traditional quilt making.

The Art Bench

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Basalt pebbles lined up

A collaboration between Jesse Woodward of Iron Apostle and Lissa Flemming of Silverwaves Jewelry and Workshop 46.8°N. #bayfieldcrosspollination Please click Jesse’s name if you’d like to contact him about creating a bench or other metal art for you!

Thanks to Silverwaves Jewelry and Chequamegon Bay Arts Council for the funding to make this possible. The leaf artists are listed below in case you’d like to contact them about creating your own custom piece! And, thank you to all the anonymous artists who add their flare to the art tree bench!

Leaf Artists:

Jesse Woodward, Lissa Flemming, Grace Hogan, Randy Anderson, Andy Falconer, Dede Eckels & Pete Skoro, Poca Adams, Sara Adams, Hilary Nelson, RavenWind, Jensa Banes, and Dina Post.

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My work is available for sale at these fine regional galleries and shops: