By Joanne Yanna, Eastside News
Earth Elements, a recent retail addition to the east side, showcases beautifully handcrafted jewelry created by owner Tim Hunkins. From the time he was 12 years old and in the eighth grade taking an art metals class, Hunkins thought he’d probably found his passion. Throughout high school in Waukesha, Hunkins excelled in many other art classes, too.
After graduating from UW-Madison with a geology degree, Hunkins worked in graphic arts for several years, but knew becoming a silversmith was in his soul. For 17 years he was a silversmith for Burnie’s Rock Shop on East Johnson Street, then opened Earth Elements in his garage.
“The evolution of every artist is to go out on their own,” Hunkins said.
As he outgrew his garage, friends helped him find a space in the back of an old building at 2716 Atwood Ave. Five months ago, Hunkins was able to rent the storefront in the same building. Hand and Eye Tattoo had been the previous occupant. A Room of One’s Own bookstore, which recently moved to the east side from its downtown location, is directly across the street from Earth Metals.
You’ll find many different stones paired with sterling silver, creating a one-of-a-kind expression of art filling the showcases. Earrings, bracelets, rings and brooches are all handmade and designed by Hunkins in his studio. He will also work with you to create a custom piece. Hunkins primarily works in silver but does repair gold. He also still helps Bernie’s with repairs.
If you’d like to contact Hunkins, call 608-347-2805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Even better, just stop by Earth Elements Monday, Wednesday or Thursday from 8am to 6pm and Sunday from 8am to noon.
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