Silversmith Maggie Connolly pounds out jewelry at the Tin Shop |

Silversmith Maggie Connolly pounds out jewelry at the Tin Shop

Summit Daily News
Summit County, CO
Summit Daily/Eric Drummond

BRECKENRIDGE ” Before starting kindergarten last week, a group of Little Red Schoolhouse children made penny bracelets with the current Tin Shop artist-in-residence Maggie Connolly.

Connolly is a silversmith, working in various recycled materials to create contemporary jewelry.

“I love hardware stores, and what’s in trash cans,” Connolly said.

Her husband built a workbench for her equipment, including a mill and hammers, along with materials like copper, silver, electrical wire, screens, beer caps … anything that inspires the artist.

“The abundance of what’s around you is amazing,” she said. “I just seem to find a lot.”

Her bracelets are inscribed with writing ” some describe the weather, while others are quotes or song lyrics from a band she likes in Connecticut.

Connolly spends summers on the East Coast, but otherwise lives in Tulsa, Okla., where she grew up.

The artist lived in Summit County for two years in the early ’90s and owns land in Blue River.

Of being back in the community for the residency, she said, “It is easy to make connections here.”

She first moved to the High Country after being spotted to be a model, and getting work in Aspen. She left Summit County when her second of three boys was severely affected by the altitude.

Connolly’s grandfather was a cabinet maker, her father is a fiber artist and her brother is a potter. She described herself as late bloomer, working on the jewelry for just the last two years. Before this, she studied photography.

The artist will host a free workshop on recycling and repurposing old jewelry on Sept. 4. Folks can also see the artist at work during open studio hours, Wednesday through Sunday from 2-6 p.m.

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or

– Open studio hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 2-6 p.m. The Tin Shop is located at 117 E. Washington Ave. in Breckenridge.

– Free workshop: “Redesign, Repurpose, Reward ” Go Green with Your Jewelry!” Thursday, Sept. 4 from 5-8 p.m. Redesign jewelry you no longer wear into contemporary works of wearable art. Space is limited, reserve your space in advance. Call (970) 547-3116

– Artist website:

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