WHO IS HORSETHIEF?
Horsethief is a pseudonym for Elizabeth Sánchez, a Spanish American jewelry artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 2015, her handcrafted collection of silver goods draws from Elizabeth’s own lifestyle and experiences.
Elizabeth is a craftswoman with a background in graphic design. She built a home studio after taking a local class in the basics of metalwork. Within a year her newly developed metalsmith abilities turned into a second career. She has since grown her skills and knowledge through practice and her time working at a Native American art gallery where she had the pleasure of learning directly from visiting artists. Since leaving the gallery she has continued to learn through devoted research and the hard-earned lessons of trial and error.
Primarily using hand tools and employing traditional metalworking techniques, she aims to forge an old soul aesthetic in her pieces using silver and stone. Elizabeth’s work is inspired by folklore, archeology, the natural world, her travels, and her Spanish heritage. She is particularly attracted to exploring the concept of magical objects created with intention, such as talismans and amulets, to be worn for adornment as well as protection or manifestation of good fortune.
Each and every piece is handcrafted by Elizabeth using authentic and ethically sourced materials in her studio located in Pittsburgh, PA. Horsethief jewelry is produced with sustainability in mind. All stones used are ethically mined. Each piece is crafted with a minimal amount of chemicals. All silver used is milled from recycled material.