About Karen Christians

Karen Christians is a jewelry educator, maker, and writer in the metal arts. Karen teaches and lectures nationally, and is published in many professional and technical magazines. She is the author of two books Making the Most of Your Flex-Shaft, and recently, Jewelry of Burning Man.

Karen holds a BFA in Metals "97 from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been attending Burning Man since 2006, and teaching in her theme camp, Oasis 47 Pendant Project.


Karen founded the nonprofit jewelry school and community studio Metalwerx in Waltham, MA. She also founded the Hot Craft Studio for Jewelry at Artisan's Asylum MakerSpace in Somerville, MA. She is now working on building a Jewelry Teaching Shop at MakerSpace Thailand in Chiang Mai.


Currently, she is working on her third book, "Jewelry of Star Trek." Karen teaches at her Studio in Lowell, MA and lives in Waltham with her husband Dave and two excellent cats. She divides her time between the US and Chiang Mai, Thailand.

You can learn more about Karen and take a virtual tour of her studio and workspace at Western Avenue Studios & Lofts here.