Josh Kline, owner and head jeweler of Ouray Silversmiths, began his metalsmithing career in 1997 as an apprentice at Ross Coppelman Goldsmiths in E. Dennis, Massachusetts. While learning various techniques in silver and high karat gold, he also began making awards for Tagin Design Resources. The diversity of the projects in which he was involved granted him the opportunity to work on metals of varying scale.
After departing Coppelman’s, Josh worked as a bench jeweler in Carson City, Nevada at The Jewelry Bench. Here he added to and refined many of his fabrication, stone setting, design, and repair skills.
In 2006, Josh relocated to Ouray, Colorado to work with Melanie Kline at the recently opened Ouray Silversmiths. At the time, Ouray Silversmiths was a single location business with only Josh and Melanie involved in the jewelry design and fabrication. While Head Jeweler for Ouray Silversmiths, Josh participated in the training of several apprentices, assisted in the expansion of the business to a second location, and began to study the art of hand engraving.
In February of 2012, Josh officially purchased the business from Melanie. He continues to grow the business through his dedication to quality, precision, and beauty. Many of Melanie’s original designs are part of the core inventory of the store, but the selection is ever evolving as Josh’s influence and style are incorporated.
Jilian Keenan – Store Manager, Montrose
If you call the Montrose location, the friendly voice on the phone will most likely belong to Jilian. Jilian has managed the Montrose location since shortly after its opening. An honorary member of the Kline family, Jilian first began to work for Ouray Silversmiths at the age of 16, in Ouray, after expressing a strong desire to learn everything she could about jewelry.
Over the past years, Jilian has learned many bench skills, improved her skills at beadwork, received certification from G.I.A., and built a strong rapport with the community through her unwavering professionalism, kindness, and constantly expanding knowledge base.