Union Handmade is an atelier and consortium combined: a union of traditional retail, work space and a collaboration of makers offering beautiful, unique handmade goods. The treasure seeker has plenty to choose from in this simple, inviting shop located at 3860 North Lincoln Avenue.



Kara Hetz is recognized for her contributions to the arts and to her community, sharing her knowledge through her jewelry and her work as a metalsmithing instructor. Now, with a newly constructed online store, Kara Hetz Jewelry is available to you anywhere in the country.


There is something particularly satisfying in creating that which adorns the body. As an evolving jewelry artist I am continually exploring uncommon ways to present common forms. I am inspired as much by the complex interplay of the emotional and physical as I am by the natural. The materials themselves also provide fertile ground – the sensuality of metal, the way it softens with fire, moves with a hammer and changes color and texture under different conditions is a constant source of intrigue for me. The work is always inspired by a desire to create wearable pieces that elicit the visceral in the wearer. Making jewelry, regardless of medium is away to continually bring the work back to the body, an external reminder of the things that we carry.


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