Karen and Stuart Helble

Pewter
Franklin Park Arts Center Guest
36441 Blueridge View Lane Purcellville, VA 20132
Loudoun Valley, Stop #23

Sea of Goblets, 2017
Sea of Goblets, 2017

Artist Statement

Our success is a outgrowth of our marriage and creative partnership. We work intimately together to create heirloom pieces from the design stage through completion. One will come up with an idea, usually sketch it out, bounce it off the other for thoughts/revisions until an agreement is made on the final design. A finished piece may have a portion spun by Stuart and a portion cast from a hand-carved mold by Karen. This lovely mix of expertise by each artist creates the well-loved style of K & S Pewter. Even our logo, an intertwined K (for Karen) and an S (for Stuart), epitomizes the two of us working together as one.

Biography

Stuart and Karen have been pewtersmithing for over 35 years. Historically a very colonial craft, the Helbles continue to use the traditional methods of hammering, spinning, and casting to create both functional and decorative pieces. Well known for their fine finishing, their pieces sport a signature lustrous shine. They have exhibited for many years at Mount Vernon and the Waterford Fair, educating the public on the history of pewter and the many methods of working with it. They are blessed with a wonderful family and have enjoyed living in Loudoun County since 1984.

Moon Vase, 2017
Moon Vase, 2017
Pair of Pewter Candlesticks, 5
Pair of Pewter Candlesticks, 5", 2016
Pewter Heart Dangle, 7
Pewter Heart Dangle, 7", 2014
Pewter Oil Lamp with Glass Globe, 8
Pewter Oil Lamp with Glass Globe, 8", 2016
Pewter Capitol Dome Ornament, 3
Pewter Capitol Dome Ornament, 3", 2015
Pewter, Tall Handled Candlestick, 5
Pewter, Tall Handled Candlestick, 5", 2016
Pewter Cross Necklace, 1.5
Pewter Cross Necklace, 1.5", 2014
Pewter Juice Cups, 4 oz., 2016
Pewter Juice Cups, 4 oz., 2016
Pewter Vase, 5
Pewter Vase, 5", 2013
Pewter Salad Set, 12
Pewter Salad Set, 12", 2014
Pewter Porringer, 7
Pewter Porringer, 7", 2013
Pewter Bowl, 6
Pewter Bowl, 6", 2013
Pewter Goblet
Pewter Goblet

Offering on tour: Handcrafted pewter candlesticks, bowls, pins, ornaments, etc. Engraving available on selected items. Demonstrations.

Loudoun Valley Stop #23

Visit Karen and Stuart Helble at Franklin Park Arts Center
From Business 7, roughly half way between Round Hill and Purcellville, turn south onto Franklin Park Drive to go through the park. At the T intersection, turn right to go up and around the hill. The center is on your left.