crafts reportAbout Gail

“When making jewelry, I’m guided by intuition and a desire to communicate beauty in design, texture, form and color. I make jewelry with my heart, not my head. Many of my pieces reflect a very sculptural quality. I like evidence of the fabrication process to show in the final piece, to give it that ‘hand wrought’ feeling. I live in Taos, New Mexico and I’m constantly inspired by my surroundings and the rich culture of my small town. I enjoy communicating my connection with the outdoors and my interest in history through my bold designs.”

Gail Golden’s jewelry is uniquely sculptural; it has a substantial and tactile quality, with fluid lines and a spontaneous placement of elements. Each piece is hand crafted in Gail’s studio and maintains a one-of-a-kind quality. Many of the tools she uses were made by her husband, award-winning jeweler and master metalsmith David Anderson. David and Gail also collaborate to create stunning art that is a blend of their individual visions.

Some of Gail’s earliest memories are of drawing and painting. She received her BFA from the University of Montana in 1986 and was an illustrator and graphic designer before she moved into jewelry design. She started making jewelry in 2001 and immediately won her first award. Honors include:

Best of Jewelry, 2002, Taos Fall Arts Festival

Best of Jewelry, 2007, Taos Fall Arts Festival

Best of Jewelry, 2011, 2012 and 2013,  Millicent Rogers Museum Annual Miniatures Show, Taos

Jewelry of the Southwest Exhibition, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus Ohio, 2015

Gail lives in the village of Arroyo Seco north of Taos with her husband and dogs. In her non-studio time, she enjoys bicycling, hiking, skiing, golfing, gardening and cooking, among other creative and outdoor pursuits.

Her experience as a clothing buyer keeps her current on the latest fashion trends, and she often draws her inspiration from Taos’ awe-inspiring environment and the culturally rich artistic heritage of the region.

Galleries and Online shopping

Mesa’s Edge, Taos Ski Valley and on the Plaza, Taos New Mexico, (575) 758-3455

Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths, 656 Canyon Road, Santa Fe New Mexico

Raiford Gallery,1169 Canton Street, Roswell Georgia

Etsy: GailGoldenJewelry

Permanent Window Display, the Taos Inn, Taos New Mexico

Studio and Showroom, Arroyo Seco New Mexico– contact me for an appointment


Instagram: @gailgoldenjewelry

Facebook: Gail Golden Jewelry Studio