Salt City Smithery is a partnership between veteran silversmithing instructors, Amy Schmidt and Jan Harris Smith.

Amy has been creating jewelry since the early 1990s. She’s been a maker her whole life, starting out sewing with her mom and grandmother as a young child. She has had a career in the fashion industry since graduating college but has felt the pull towards working with metal since taking her first jewelry fabrication class at Kean University in New Jersey. Originally from New York, she was able to take advantage of the plentiful metalsmithing classes in the area.
After moving to Utah in 2007 and finding a scarcity in such workshops, she opened her own studio in 2013 and has been teaching metalsmithing classes ever since. Amy’s favorite aspect of teaching is seeing the emergence and growth in students’ confidence, honing the development of their design skills, and working together to trouble shoot and problem solve.
Her entry in the 2020 Utah Design Craft Artists’ competition, “A Ring for a New Now” won first place and is now in the permanent collection of the Brigham City Museum of Art and History in Utah.
I can’t remember when art was not a part of my life…my refuge, my muse, my friend. We moved frequently when I was young, and I was always the new kid on the block. The one constant companion in my life was art. Art has always been the mainstay in my life.
My primary medium is fabricated silver jewelry. But I also work in fine art, mixed media, book arts and fused glass. I love to combine metal and stones, contrasting light, opacity and texture in a single piece. My focus is to create jewelry that tells a story. My jewelry is informed by my love of nature and my desire to communicate this to others. I have dabbled in many mediums and this practice is reflected in my designs.
I took my first silversmithing class at Cypress College in Southern California and have since completed several university level metal and fine art classes and numerous workshops taught by professionals in my field. My art is always continuing to evolve in new directions as I continue learning new skills.
I teach metalsmithing, both privately and at several locations in the community and am the co-owner of the Salt City Smithery, a full service silversmithing studio and school in Salt Lake City, UT.