MissAshleyKate

I am a Portland based jewelry designer.  I have been making jewelry my whole life. Growing up with an electrician for a father, I was always digging through boxes of scrap wire and metal bolts and bits.  My grandfather was a general do-it-all man and his workshop was an incredible place.  The hundreds of tiny drawers filled with washers, screws, doodads, and light bulbs amazed me.  I inherited the family love of baubles and parts.  I spent my college years attending The University of the Arts where I received a BFA in sculpture.  In school I discovered my appreciation of the hand-held object and explored the connection we feel towards objects.

Jewelry is precious; it can remind us of a place, a time, or a person.  It is a tiny object that expresses who we are.  My jewelry is primarily made from vintage components. Vintage has a wonderful nostalgia and a solid well-made quality.  I collect metal pieces, chain, Lucite flowers, and sequins.  I bend, form, glue, stack, and rivet my components together. My jewelry ranges from bold statements pieces to everyday wearables.

For my day job I work at The Beadin’ Path in Freeport where I am the head designer.  I also develop new products, teach, and travel as a sales rep. My designs have been featured in top jewelry magazines, most recently gracing the March 2012 cover of BeadStyle Magazine.