Hilary Hertzler is a Philadelphia-based jeweler, designer, and artist. She moved to Philadelphia to attend college in 1998 and fell in love with the city's approachable, vibrant, and under-the-radar arts and design scene.
After graduating from Drexel University with a BS in Interior Design, she worked for over a decade in the interior design and architectural world. Hilary's years designing and managing commercial, retail, and higher education projects in the Philadelphia area at a small, collaborative, and generously encouraging architectural firm helped her to develop her eye for design and confidence in her craft.
Even as she draws more inspiration from her life in Philadelphia, Hilary continues to look to the subtle and dramatic interplay of line, texture, light, and color in the natural world for her work. A childhood influenced by her dairy farming, sculptor- father and her mother -- an educator who is an urban dweller at heart -- fuels her interest in both urban and rural, man-made and natural.
Her work in the mediums of metal, fiber, bead work, charcoal, and mixed media are influenced by the juxtaposition of these two worlds. A love of line, form, texture, and color, informed by her experience in Interior Architecture and Design, encourages her curiosity and exploration of the moments where these elements intersect. This curiosity and exploration is reflected in both her jewelry and works on paper.
Always interested in the exploration of craft, Hilary is, in many ways, a self taught jeweler and artist. She enjoys playing with and working in different mediums, finding their limits and transformations.