On Friday, July 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. during the weekly Belfast Gallery Walk, Roots & Tendrils will feature work by South China artist Jennifer Atkins Lisa of Quench Metalworks. Lisa will be present to answer any questions about her work and refreshments will be served.

Quench Metalworks is a small jewelry studio focused on continuing the ancient craft of jewelry fabrication, but with a modern end result. Fueling the creations at Quench Metalworks are the varied techniques applied at the bench. Hollow forming, forging, chain making, casting and riveting are just a sampling of the metalsmithing processes utilized to produce the jewelry from Quench Metalworks. Quench, a jewelry making term, means to rapidly submerge hot metal into liquid.

Lisa is the owner, designer and jeweler for Quench Metalworks. After receiving a bachelor of fine arts in jewelry and metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994, she worked for several contemporary jewelers in southern New England including Martina Windels, Didi Suydam and Klaus Burgel.

In 2000, Lisa launched her first collection, Armor, a series of hollow nickel silver and 18k gold one-of-a-kind jewelry. Returning to Maine in 2001, she rediscovered her family’s tradition of embroidery and tatting. Her Vintage collection explores those family roots through the addition of antique buttons and hand pierced filigree into her work. Her latest collection, Dot, celebrates sterling scrap recycling accented with gemstones, high carat bezels and minimal design.

Quench Metalworks has become increasingly popular in the indie jewelry and craft scene, having been featured in many national and international publications, Web sites and blogs. Lisa often is featured on the front page of well-known online handmade marketplace ETSY.

Lisa lives and works in South China with her husband and daughter in a little house tucked in the woods. In her free time, she weeds her gardens, tends to her chickens and enjoys a good cup of coffee.

Roots & Tendrils is located downtown at 2 Cross St. For more information, call 338-5225 or visit rootsandtendrils.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.