Search Enclosed is the studio of designer and metalsmith, Natalie Joy Walterhoefer. inspired by her love of traveling and collecting natural objects, Natalie's designs combine organic materials with REfineD metalwork and semi-precious stones. All Search Enclosed jewelry is made by hand in the Maryland-based studio, using sustainable practices.


 

 
 
“I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A COLLECTOR OF ODD THINGS - DRIED PLANTS, STONES, SEASHELLS. I AM DRAWN TO ORGANIC COLORS AND TEXTURES. FOR ME, JEWELRY MAKING IS ABOUT SHOWCASING SUBTLE ELEGANCE - BLENDING AND JUXTAPOSING MATERIALS TO CREATE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL.”
 

 

AFTER A DECADE SPENT IN MIAMI, WORKING IN LUXURY BOUTIQUES, AS A STYLIST, PATTERN MAKER AND APPAREL DESIGNER, NATALIE RETURNED TO HER HOMETOWN IN MARYLAND TO OPEN HER STUDIO. THE NAME SEARCH ENCLOSED WAS BORROWED FROM HER GRANDMOTHER’S HISTORIC ESTATE- A CIRCA 1784, QUAKER STYLE STONE HOUSE, WHICH ONCE SERVED AS A TOLL HOUSE FOR FARMERS CARTING TOBACCO TO THE PATAPSCO RIVER FOR EXPORT.

 

“MY GRANDMOTHER WAS AN INTERIOR DESIGNER, MASTER GARDENER, WORLD TRAVELER AND THE MOST TALENTED PAINTER. WE WERE TRUE KINDRED SPIRITS. SHE TAUGHT ME TO SEE BEAUTY IN UNLIKELY PLACES, TO APPRECIATE QUALITY AND FINE CRAFTSMANSHIP, AND TO LIVE ADVENTUROUSLY. I REMEMBER LEARNING TO OIL PAINT AS A YOUNG CHILD, SEATED AT HER KITCHEN TABLE WHICH WAS COVERED IN IMPECCABLE WHITE LACE TABLE LINENS. SEARCH ENCLOSED HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY CREATIVE HAPPY PLACE."