Owner/Designer, Hvnter Gvtherer (2011) BFA, 2003, Tyler School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; MFA, 2009, San Diego State University. Exhibitions: Open House Contemporary Gallery, Chicago; Chicago Athletic Association/Cindy's Rooftop, Chicago; Pavilion Antiques and 20C. Design, Chicago; The Public Hotel Pump Room, Chicago; Comfort Station, Chicago; Circa Modern, Chicago; Slow, Chicago; Jackson Gallery, San Diego; Mesa Contemporary Arts, Arizona; Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco; Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland; Metal Museum, Memphis; Emerson Gallery, St. Louis; Sana Art Foundation, Escondido, CA. PublicationsNew City ChicagoChicago Reader; Lark Books; The Space Between: Ritual Transformations, catalogCollections: Museum of Contemporary Craft; Touching Warms the Art Collection. Awards: Mesa Contemporary Arts Purchase Award, Mesa; San Diego Art Council Award; San Diego Gem & Mineral Society Award.

Personal Statement

Laura Prieto-Velasco founded Hvnter Gvtherer in 2011 to adorn the urban nomad with limited edition designs that pair ancient ideas with elegant minimalism. Raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania and armed with degrees in Metalworking and Design from the Tyler School of Art and San Diego State, Laura learned to appreciate the value of maximizing limited resources and using recycled or sustainably sourced materials. This ethos fuels Hvnter Gvtherer. Making each piece by hand in her Chicago studio, Laura challenges wearers to think about jewelry as a platform for thinking about history and conscious living, rather than a reflection of passing trends. Committed to these values, Laura shares these ideas with students as an instructor at the School of the Art Institute.

Jewelry Debuts

"Carrion Flowers" (2015) by Chelsea Wolfe
"Telos" (2014) by Lykanthea
"Nida" (2014) by Krist Mort
"Of The Earth" (2014) by Casstronaut Films
"NPR Tiny Desk Concert" by Chelsea Wolfe


Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.