With her love of the outdoors it is only fitting that jewelry artist Michelle Hoting’s designs are a direct reflection of nature. Her pieces reveal the beauty of the earth that created the materials she uses. Her work incorporates metalsmithing and lapidary (stone cutting) techniques utilizing silver, copper, stone, flora and antique finds. “When I work with these materials I’m interested in how to integrate the natural world into a wearable piece of art; creating a marriage of form and function. I seek to remind the wearer of the beauty of nature and it’s inevitable fragility.”
Michelle was destined to be a lapidary (stone cutter) and jeweler. Her grandfather cofounded the Corpus Christi Gem and Mineral Society and she grew up surrounded with his rocks and stories of her mother and grandfather rockhounding on the King Ranch in Texas. It wasn’t until she was at UT Austin that she ended up in the jewelry business thanks to her favorite Geology professor.
Michelle Hoting has been in the jewelry industry since 1991. She has worked as a jeweler for Cartier and manager Bulgari and with her background in repairing and refurbishing antique jewelry she managed the repair department of a prominent antique jewelry firm. She majored in both Fine Arts and Geology at The University of Texas at Austin, attended the Gemological Institute of America focusing on diamond grading and colored stone identification and studied metalsmithing at the Glassell School of Art.