Betsy Lehndorff

Hubbard Lake Silversmiths at

5990 Pine St.

Hubbard Lake, MI 49747




In 2007, while working as a Denver homicide reporter, I interviewed a jeweler who made a diamond necklace for a gang member. A friendly Iranian, the man proved to be so inspiring that when the newspaper folded, I decided I wanted to work with beautiful things. I was able to afford a couple of classes and then practiced six to eight hours a day in my apartment, going through three pounds of my late mother-in-law’s sterling silver flatware to develop skills. By 2010, I was writing step-by-step articles for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, and selling my work locally.  In Michigan, I have enjoyed strong sales through the UMHS Gifts of Art program at the University of Michigan,  Three Pines Studio and Gallery in Cross Village, Main Branch Gallery in Grayling and the Ann Arbor Art Fair with the Michigan Silversmiths Guild. Each piece is made by hand from sterling silver sheet, wire, shot, castings and chain, limiting my output to around 125 works a year. 



University of Minnesota, Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts, Minneapolis, MN, 1975

University of Colorado-Boulder, Master’s in Journalism, Boulder 1979

Art Students League of New York – life drawing, stone carving 1992

Clear Creek Academy, Denver with Joe Korth, Darlene Armstrong and others – silversmithing 2008

Hyland Hills Recreation Center, Federal Heights, Colorado – silversmithing 2009

Tom Herman, Denver School of Metal Arts – metal carving 2010

Studio JSD, Grand Haven, MI – Etching on silver

Kate Wolf Figurative Wax Carving, June 2017 through a grant from MCACA


Past and Current Galleries and Shops 

Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Art in the Loft, Alpena, MI 2014

Domaci, Rogers City, MI May 2015

Dragonfly Gallery, Harrisville, MI August 2014

Three Pines Studio and Gallery, Cross Village, MI

Main Branch Gallery, Grayling, MI

Detroit Artists Market



Ann Arbor Art Fair with Michigan Silversmiths Guild 2013, 2014 & 2017

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Bloomfield Hills, MI 2015 holiday show and 2016 regional show

Gifts of Art Exhibition December 2014-February 2015, and September-December 2016 University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI

Muskegon Museum of Art 88th Regional Show, museum purchase

WSG gallery holiday show 2016, Ann Arbor, MI



Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist since 2010, weekly Jewelry Making Daily Blog since January 2017.



 G Desert Gems, Lakewood, CO; Hyland Hills Rec Center, CO as teaching assistant. Pearl carving at Ann Arbor Art Center; Studio JSD, Grand Haven, MI; Washington Heights Art Center, Lakewood, CO; Metalwerx, near Boston; Wm. Holland, Georgia, Florida Society of Goldsmiths SE, Bead & Button Show, Milwaukee. 


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