Originally from Kingston, NY, in the Hudson Valley, Kenneth Pillsworth has called the island of Martha's Vineyard home for more than 25 years.
Kenneth is an artist whose palette is a rich array of metals and unusual gemstones that he combines in unique ways, creating stunning artisanal pieces. Kenneth’s background in fine metal work began just after high school when he had the opportunity to apprentice with William Scholl, a master goldsmith. Kenneth then honed his skills as a fine arts jeweler on Martha’s Vineyard, apprenticing for both Paul D’Olympia and Richard Hamilton.
Kenneth started his own business in 1995 and was one of the original exhibiting artists at the Vineyard Artisan's Festivals on Martha's Vineyard. In 1996 Kenneth Pillsworth and three other jewelers formed the Edgartown Jewelers Studio in Edgartown, MA on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Kenneth continued to share space until 1998 when he decided to create his own studio in his home.
Each piece of jewelry he creates is like an individual composition, conveying a specific statement. They are stark and utilitarian, but striking in their simplicity; consisting of layered metals in different tones and textures that he blends together in unusual ways. Kenneth exploits the properties of the metals he works with, starting out with the larger forms and “sprinkling” in the smaller, moving around the shapes as he “sketches” out his concepts in metal, creating “abstract compositions in metal.”
When working with stones or gems, Kenneth forms the concept for the piece around the stone he is featuring, building the design around its inherent features. He says, “the materials dictate what I do.” The finished product is a masterful combination of artistry and skilled craftsmanship. Kenneth’s newest collection of lockets features metal shapes in abstract layouts. It is a departure from the symmetry of his previous pieces, giving him the opportunity to branch out into other jewelry forms with the inclusion of earrings, rings and bracelets.
Kenneth’s work blends contemporary design with classic aesthetics. Combining unconventional materials such as titanium and niobium with silver, gold and unique one-of-a-kind gemstones has become his signature. Always open for custom work, Kenneth has worked closely with many clients to creating lasting heirlooms that will bring joy to those who wear his pieces for many years to come.