University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Design Graduate takes over 3rd Ward Jewelry
3rd Ward Jewelry is located at 241 N. Broadway, #1C in the historic arts & fashion district.
“I knew art was my passion, but University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee helped me determine my purpose,” says 22-year-old Mollie Kiesewetter, excited to now be at the helm of 3rd Ward Jewelry in Milwaukee.
3rd Ward Jewelry is located at 241 N. Broadway, #1C in the historic arts & fashion district, just south of downtown Milwaukee. “It’s the panacea of jewelry design. The most incredible jewelry designers in the country converge at this 900 square foot space. I knew I wanted to work with these inspiring artists. When I heard the shop was for sale, I hoped this would be my destiny,” she smiles.
The student’s many visits at the shop were noticed and appreciated by longtime owner Elizabeth Hayes. Hayes followed her dream there after spending numerous years at Milwaukee universities. She was an adjunct professor at Marquette University for 27 years, following graduation from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (B.A. English/Master’s in Business).
Kiesewetter, from the far northwest suburbs of Chicago, spent her time at the University finding her niche. She was a Student Officer of the Object Jewelry and Metalsmithing Club. Her work was featured in the 2012 Object Trunk Show at Milwaukee Art Museum. That same year, she was awarded the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Dorothy G. & Ruth M. Smith Scholarship. In 2013, Kiesewetter received the Elsa Ulbricht Scholarship. Last year, she received the Harold A. Milbrath Jewelry & Metalsmithing Prize and served as a Teaching Assistant to Stephanie Voegele, Intro to Jewelry & Metalsmithing course at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Upon graduation in June 2014, with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with focus in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, and recipient of a Jurors Choice Award in Metals, Kiesewetter was looking to follow her dream. She was continually drawn to the 3rd Ward Jewelry shop and when she heard that owner Liz Hayes hoped to retire and was thinking about selling the shop, she wanted to be the new owner. Hayes was drawn to the graduate with great aspirations.
“Mollie’s creative jewelry designs, and the passion she showed for the work of the finest jewelry designers in the country, is exactly what this shop is all about. It is a joy to pass the baton to someone as passionate and talented as Mollie,” says Hayes. “Helping her along in her dream continues the advancement of 3rd Ward Jewelry and all of its artists.”
The 3rd Ward jewelry shop showcases the work of over 50 jewelry designers from the U.S.–including California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. Several of the artists have also studied in Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, London, and Russia.
“Our gallery showcases many different styles of art jewelry,” smiles Kiesewetter. “Customers range from young professionals to longtime jewelry collectors to retirees.”
If you are looking specifically for couture, 3rd Ward also features a designer that has completed work for Karl Lagerfeld and Givenchy, and many more. In the shop, you can find a one-of-a-kind wedding ring or special gift that will be cherished for life. Every unique piece showcased at this eclectic art museum is available for sale.
“Jewelry and great customer service is our priority. I absolutely intend to add more local jewelry artists to our repertoire and we may consider a few ceramics,” says Kiesewetter. “My dream to own a gallery has been achieved, and my dream of creating the best gallery possible is underway.”
Prices range from $85 to $10,000.
Visit 3rd Ward Jewelry, Representing the Art in the heart of historic Milwaukee at 241 N. Broadway, #1C.Hours are: Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday, 10am to 5 pm; Sunday, Noon to 4 pm. (Available on Mondays by appointment only). 414.289.0886. www.3rdWardJewelry.com