2pc Decorative Mis-Match Earrings
Materials: Hand-cut, powder coated brass with sterling silver ear wire
Dimensions: 2.25 x 1 inches
About the Artist:
Ashley Buchanan (b. 1986, Atlanta, Georgia) is a jewelry artist who received her BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Georgia and is currently making her living as a studio jeweler in Johnson City, Tennessee. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and museums such as Velvet da Vinci, The Racine Art Museum and the Museum of Art and Design in New York where she was one of the artists featured in LOOT: MAD About Jewelry in 2013 and she is currently working on a body of work to be featured at SOFA Chicago 2014. Her work is available in galleries and shops here and abroad and she participates in craft shows across the country such as the American Craft Council Shows, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and The American Craft Exposition. Ashley’s work has been featured in two of the Showcase 500 Series books, Metalsmith Magazine and most recently she was featured in Ornament Magazine as an emerging contemporary jewelry artist. She is a 2014 NICHE finalist and was also selected as one of the ten finalists for the LEAP award at the Society for Contemporary Craft. She is currently co-curating her first jewelry exhibition at Quirk Gallery in Richmond, VA and she was recently selected to be a juror for the 2015 American Craft Council Shows. Her goal is to participate in the field Craft with a fresh voice by creating wearable works of art that push the boundaries of jewelry while maintaining a clean, contemporary aesthetic.
Drawing on common jewelry motifs and iconic imagery, Ashley individually hand-cuts silhouettes from sheet metal using a traditional jeweler’s saw. She then applies color using an industrial process called powder coating. This method of painting electrostatically covers metal with a dry pigment, which is then cured under heat to create a durable, uniform finish. By combining the handmade with the industrial and the digital, Ashley strives to produce pieces that speak to the past, present and future of Craft while maintaining the seductive quality that jewelry possesses.