Metal is persistent, strong and determined. It is also malleable and can be hammered, formed and melted out of it’s original state. Lauren Passenti’s affinity for metal as a material is what draws her to the work bench. Her jewelry is alive with intention; it embodies an elegant balance between raw, unearthed and fluid. Passenti’s childhood has certainly influenced her personal appreciation for beauty. She grew up in Massachusetts on a farm house that was built in the late 17th century. She was surrounded by fields with antique rusted plows, beautiful enchanted gardens and the remainders of stone foundations. That landscape has shaped her imagination and aesthetic. In 2010 Lauren Passenti earned a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in metalsmithing jewelry design. She continues to take intensive courses at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina where she studies the craft of blacksmithing. Passenti has participated in numerous craft shows throughout the East Coast.