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Walt Rush

Gold and Silver Jewelry 

I have been a gold and silver smith for over 50 years, creating jewelry, repairing jewelry, and creating one-of-a-kind custom jewelry. Jewelry is like ice cream, there's always room for more.

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Internationally known award-winning jeweler Walt Rush, was born in San Francisco and at a young age was transplanted kicking and screaming to Ohio. Surrounded by a fertile environment of creativity, my father was an Architect and my mother a painter.  So, I came by my talent naturally. In my early years in school I excelled in art, drafting, metal and wood shop as well as welding. I am a self-taught Gold/Silversmith with over 49 years’ experience in creating jewelry. I returned to the California Coast to create, and design works of art in jewelry and precious metal sculptures.  


I Often design most of my jewelry with a general creation in mind.  However, as I am creating a particular piece my surroundings, metals, and stones that I am working with will influence me to the result. In my wax designs I see something in my mind and cut everything else away. What I enjoy doing most is my water cast and straw cast designs because I can’t influence what is created from pouring or dripping the molten metal into the water or straw.  I create from the design that takes shape when the metal hardens. I work with all types of stones be it natural specimen, faceted or a variety of cabochons.


I believe jewelry should be an attribute to the human body as a painting is to a room or a sculpture is to that special place in a home, building, or yard. My works-of-art in jewelry or treasured precious metal sculptures are for the discerning in taste.


My work has appeared in the Mendocino Arts Magazine, and I was personally photographed and interviewed for one of there magazine artist spotlights. 


Currently, I am a member of the Gualala Arts Center, a member of the Mendocino Art Center and a member of the Arts Council of Mendocino County.

You can find my jewelry at the following coast galleries:

I am at the Discovery Gallery Gualala CA
every Thursday from 10:00 to 4:00 to offer my jewelry services.

The Prentice Gallery

Main St Mendocino CA

Elk Artist Collective

Elk CA

You can find more of my services at


More of my jewelry is available 24/7 on

Directions to Studio #25 at 35250 Old Stage Road, Gualala.

From Sea Ranch, turn east on Old State Highway (becomes Old Stage Road), go 5.7 miles. Studios are on left. 


An alternative from Gualala, go north to Pacific Woods, turn east and go 1.3 miles to Old Stage Road, then left on Old Stage Road. Follow tour signs. 


From Point Arena, go south on Hwy 1 to mile marker 9.7, then east on Iversen Road for 6.5 miles, just past Fish Rock Road, and our studio will be on your right.

Studio Tour Hours:

 Aug 24-25 & Aug. 31-Sept. 2
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


No Public Restrooms.

No Pets Please.

Studio open by appointment all year.





Phone: 707-882-2441 (appointments only)

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