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Vice President Jewelry Designer

Phone: (317) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: e***@***.com
G Thrapp Jewelers Inc
5609 N. Illinois St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
United States

Company Description: G Thrapp Jewelers, Indianapolis,is a dedicated custom design jeweler, specializing in Engagement Rings, Fashion Jewelry. and Estate Jewelry.
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Ellen Bower, Vice President ...
www.gthrapp.com, 18 June 2013 [cached]
Ellen Bower, Vice President and Head Designer ebower@gthrapp.com Ellen Bower began her journey into jewelry design while still in high school. After graduating a year early, Ellen began study as a Fine Arts Major in Sculpture at John Herron School of Art. During her tenure at Herron, she began working for a jeweler and her true passion was ignited after being exposed to the detail and scale of jewelry design. After eight years, she transitioned to a new position with a major manufacturer where she learned the complete manufacturing process, her focus being in Research and Development designing and creating the master models for their jewelry lines. In 1993, Ellen began her career at G. Thrapp Jewelers. At that time there were two jewelers and much of the design and manufacture work was out-sourced. Ellen was promoted to the Head of the Design Studio and, within five years of her start, all of the work was being done in-house and a full Design Studio was established. In 1999, she became the Vice President of G. Thrapp Jewelers and embraced the challenges of integrating new technologies, management, design, and old world tradition. Ellen thrives on a strong work ethic and a true belief that competition is from within, always striving to reach her personal best. Ellen has remained at G. Thrapp for fourteen years because she believes the organization to be an art form in itself. It allows her to grow and learn in a limitless fashion, always pushing the boundaries on what is comfortable into new and exciting possibilities. In her career, Ellen has become a nationally recognized Master Jeweler with a true passion for design as beautiful as the pieces that she creates.
G. Thrapp Jewelers - Indianapolis Custom Bridal and Designer jewelry
gthrapp.com, 15 July 2011 [cached]
G. Thrapp Jewelers is a totally dedicated custom design jeweler under the extraordinary guidance of one of the nations very best designers, Ellen Bower, who is our Vice-President and head of the G. Thrapp Design Studio.
The staff at G. Thrapp Jewelers
www.gthrapp.com, 22 June 2012 [cached]
Ellen Bower began her journey into jewelry design while still in high school. After graduating a year early, Ellen began study as a Fine Arts Major in Sculpture at John Herron School of Art. During her tenure at Herron, she began working for a jeweler and her true passion was ignited after being exposed to the detail and scale of jewelry design. After eight years, she transitioned to a new position with a major manufacturer where she learned the complete manufacturing process, her focus being in Research and Development designing and creating the master models for their jewelry lines. In 1993, Ellen began her career at G. Thrapp Jewelers. At that time there were two jewelers and much of the design and manufacture work was out-sourced. Ellen was promoted to the Head of the Design Studio and, within five years of her start, all of the work was being done in-house and a full Design Studio was established. In 1999, she became the Vice President of G. Thrapp Jewelers and embraced the challenges of integrating new technologies, management, design, and old world tradition. Ellen thrives on a strong work ethic and a true belief that competition is from within, always striving to reach her personal best. Ellen has remained at G. Thrapp for fourteen years because she believes the organization to be an art form in itself. It allows her to grow and learn in a limitless fashion, always pushing the boundaries on what is comfortable into new and exciting possibilities. In her career, Ellen has become a nationally recognized Master Jeweler with a true passion for design as beautiful as the pieces that she creates.
Acupuncture of Indiana - Facial Rejuvenation
www.acupunctureofindiana.com, 6 Mar 2011 [cached]
-- R. Ellen Bower, Vice President/Designer, G. Thrapp Jewelers
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Ellen Bower Follows Traditional ...
www.gthrapp.com, 5 July 2007 [cached]
Ellen Bower Follows Traditional Path to Become Master Designer
Jewelry making is an age-old, traditional art, so it was only fitting that G. Thrapp's master jewelry designer, Ellen Bower turned to the age-old, traditional "apprenticeship" process for learning the skills she needed to perfect her craft.
Ellen began studying sculpture at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis.However, it wasn't long before she also took a part time job working for a local jeweler, where she quickly discovered that designing and building jewelry would become her lifelong passion.
One reason she loved working with jewelry was her meticulous attention to detail."At school, I was working on large paintings and sculptures that would take an eternity to complete with the amount of detail I like to put into my work," Ellen says.Working on small-scale jewelry, she could maintain her perfectionism and still complete projects in a reasonable amount of time.
After Herron Ellen began her apprenticeship with a mentor who helped her learn the fundamentals of the trade - casting, wax carving and light fabrication.
Once Ellen completed 7 years in a traditional apprenticeship she knew it was time to move on to the next step along the traditional craftsman path-the "journeyman" stage.
She honed her fabricating skills and developed more old-world techniques by learning each step of the jewelry manufacturing process at a local manufacturer.Her hard work paid off, because she improved her ability to perfect details and overall quality.She was soon designing exclusive pieces as well as developing master models for the jewelry lines that the company was producing.
Ellen's dream of managing a design studio became a reality in 1993.Ellen teamed up with Gary Thrapp to help expand his custom jewelry business.
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"I have the opportunity to hold them, analyze how they were built and restore them when needed," Ellen says."I've learned so much about the history & art of traditional jewelry making by being able to work with these pieces."
It's like getting the chance to work with the masters of the past."Those artists help me understand how to incorporate quality into the entire jewelry making process," Ellen says."And I truly feel successful when our clients share this passion and can feel and see the quality in the pieces we create."
While Ellen embraces her craft's connection with the past, she has also willingly pushed design and building of jewelry into the future.For example, while jewelers in the Victorian Age never had access to a laser welder, G. Thrapp Jewelers was the first in the city to invest in this and other technology to ensure that it has one of the most advanced, state-of-the art studios in the Midwest.
As the vice president at G. Thrapp and manager of a team of six designers, Ellen has reached her professional goal-a path that has taken her from apprentice to journeyman to master craftsman.
If fact, she is now helping to spread her passion to another generation of artists by organizing G. Thrapp's studio so that each custom piece is designed and built by one craftsman.That's a different approach than many shops which have specialists that focus on one aspect of every piece-building jewelry on what is basically an assembly line."A wedding ring is not a Ford pickup truck," Ellen says.
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