Thursday, October 20, 2011

Jewelry Class at Fireside Farm

Today I taught students from Carolina Friend's School how to create jewelry using found elements from the farm, such as nails, washers , and dead baby bees. It was a fun day!

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This Saturday- Ashley Brodie Jewelry Trunk Show at Raleigh Denim!

Raleigh Denim is hosting a trunk show for me this Saturday from 5-8. Hope to see you there. 
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Friday, September 9, 2011

Etsy Show Updates

Well, I am finally getting around to posting my work on Etsy. Boy, is it time consuming, but worth it. Please continue to check in as more will follow. Thanks for your patience!

Pullen Arts Center Show

My work is showcased at Pullen Arts Center in Raleigh for the month of September along with ceramicist Seo Eo. Stop by if you have a chance. Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Weekly Inspiration #7

Emanuela Duca

Emanuela is a jewelry designer based out of New York. I am really attracted to the texture she creates through sand casting. Her work has a very aged quality, like unearthed iron.  I also really like the clean lines and shapes of her work.
Ash pendantSand earringsMagma ringsPetali necklace

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Nominated for Best of Durham!

I just found out that I was nominated best crafts person for Durham in Durham Magazine!
Please click here to vote for me (I am under the A & E Section). Hurry, though. Polls close soon. The winners will be announced in the June/July Issue. Thanks in advance!Best of Durham Main Banner on Home page.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Weekly Inspiration #6

Mary Donald
Mary uses many different discarded materials such as rubber and plastic. I especially love her series featuring plastic.

Vert and Vogue

What better time to pay homage to my favorite boutique than now. Vert and Vogue was featured in the Triangle Spotlight  this week. V & V is an eco- friendly boutique, whose premise focuses on service, quality and timelessness. If you haven't yet had a chance to stop by, you should. It is a wonderful experience and you will leave feeling pampered and spoiled.
We collaborate seasonally to create a one-of-a-kind collection of eco-friendly jewelry. The new collection will be available soon at Vert and Vogue. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Skin Deep: Surface Treatments for Jewelers with Ken Bova

I visited with Betty Mckim at Pullen Art Center yesterday. She gave me a flyer for an upcoming class at the center, which happens to be taught by Ken Bova. He is a wonderful teacher. I studied with Ken at Montana State in Bozeman 10 years ago and I saw him recently. He remembered a piece that I had made so long ago and described it in detail. Very impressive. He is currently a visiting professor at East Carolina University. It is such a treat to have him on this side of the country and to have him teaching a class so nearby. If you have a chance, you should definitely sign up! It will be well worth your time!

Skin Deep: Surface Treatments for Jewelers with Ken Bova
Saturday April 2 and Sunday April 3 9 am to 4 pm both days

In this color-filled workshop students will learn a variety of techniques to enhance the surface of metal for jewelry. Some cool color applications, simple and effective patinas, and enhancing processes of hammering, torch-texturing, fusing, stamping and silver reticulation are covered. We'll learn the preparation, tools, and materials used to achieve these effects to develop a  new visual vocabulary for jewelry and metal work. All levels. 

Pullen Art Center
105 Pullen Rd. 
Raleigh NC 27607 919.996.6126
Ken Bova: 1963 "End of the Road", Brooch in sterling silver, 23k gold leaf, pavement fragment, bone, pearls, tail light reflector, mineral pigment, water color, candy wrappers, acrylic, and butterfly wing. 2.25 x 3 x 0.25"

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Weekly Inspiration #5

Hanna Hedman

Hanna Hedman, Necklace, 2009
Hanna Hedman, Brooch, 2008
Hanna's work contrasts beauty with the unpleasant and serious, as these things can also be beautiful in their own right. Themes of human weakness and defense mechanisms are recurrent in her work. I love the erie, enchanting yet haunting quality of her work. Beautiful.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


I love Durham for all it's little hidden treasures. Wandering around last Sunday, I found heaps of rusty iron and steel in the form of nails and rod. I can't wait to start playing with them. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Diatom Beauties

I've been looking at different images in nature for inspiration lately. I came across these gorgeous images of diatoms. It is so amazing to me that a single cell can have so much detail and complexity. I'm not sure yet if and how these will play into my work. 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Guest Post: four things you should do before turning your passion into your full time job

I found a great post by Megan Auman on the Crafting an MBA blog. If you are passionate about what you do and want to quit your day job, this post gives some sound advice from Regina Morrison of Acute Designs, who successfully followed her dream.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Weekly Inspiration #4

Christel Van Der Laan - Perth WA, Australia

I love her use of found materials in juxtaposition to precious metal.
"Structures holding and presenting treasures other than those for which they are usually reserved. Treasures that can convey ideas about life, death, love, growth, relationships, value, places, journeys and events. What could be more precious?"
Christel van der Laan, Brooch, 2008Christel van der Laan, Brooch, 2008Christel van der Laan, Necklace, 2007Christel van der Laan, Brooch, 2006Christel van der Laan, Brooch, 2006

Christel van der Laan, Ring, 2003

More of her work can be viewed on her website and at klimt02.


Friday, January 28, 2011

Weekly Inspiration #3

Tone Vigeland

Tone Vigeland is a Norwegian born artist, born in 1938.  I love her sculptural use of form, line and repetition. Her work possesses both chaos and order, complexity and simplicity. Love. Love.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New Work at LabourLove Gallery

I was accepted into LabourLove Gallery's collective today! These are 5 pieces of my new collection that I submitted. 
Home- Brass, felt, bass string, key, silver

Nested- Sterling silver, steel

Pebble- pebble, sterling silver, garnet

Ring around the Rosie- vintage jade, steel, silver, vintage cameo, piano ivory

Ruled by the Heart- Sterling Silver, ruler

I always welcome feedback on my work, so feel free to chime in!