Narrow House Metals creates graceful, intriguing jewelry in sterling silver and 14k gold. Each piece is expertly handcrafted in Melissa Jenkins’ Williamsport studio, located in the beautiful Susquehanna Valley of central Pennsylvania. Melissa’s love for the outdoors and the natural world is evident in the textures and forms that characterize Narrow House jewelry. The entire collection, from your favorite silver earrings to our treasured custom wedding bands, is created with an eye toward environmental responsibility, timeless design, and quality that is built to last.
Melissa also fosters an appreciation for the handcrafted arts by offering professional jewelry instruction in a relaxed & welcoming environment. Her overriding goal in these classes is to encourage people of all backgrounds to work with their hands, experience the joy of creation, and take pride in their accomplishments. Both regular classes and private party events are available for curious, crafty, or not-so-crafty people who are interested in trying out some fun projects. Get more info & check out the current schedule here.
About the Artist
I passionately believe that quality materials and technical proficiency are equally important in creating jewelry that is beautiful, comfortable and durable. I only purchase conflict-free, ethically sourced gems, I work with reputable suppliers to use reclaimed metals, and I never cut corners. In my design and manufacturing processes, I am committed to building every piece of jewelry the right way, every time.
The processes involved in metalsmithing have always captivated me. I was fortunate to have a thorough classical training as a fine arts student in the Metals Department at Edinboro University, followed by ten years spent working under an accomplished custom goldsmith. From those early years to my current day-to-day routine, I have always approached my workbench with a true love for creating precious metal objects that become part of people’s lives.
Every piece of Narrow House Metals jewelry is carefully handcrafted in my Williamsport studio, located in the beautiful Susquehanna Valley of central PA. My love of the outdoors and the natural world is evident in the textures and forms that characterize my work.
“I have always been intrigued by the small details that are hidden in the world around us. A dried seed pod open and spent, the gritty sparkle of sun-warmed stone, the rough texture of wood torn from a tree, a mechanical belt turning; all display the underlying structure and purpose of everyday items in a new context. These details are made all the more precious when captured in silver and gold, inviting you to share the discovery and examine the frozen moments more closely.”