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Made & Found Spotlight: Claire Ashby Metalsmith

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Claire from Claire Ashby Metalsmith

Describe your style, and what you plan to bring. What are your bestsellers?:
Having pieced together an informal education over the past 12 years, I have dabbled in many media within the metals field. I have an ongoing love affair with enamels that waxes and wanes but for the past three years my passion has burned for molten metal, specifically sandcasting.
Sandcasting is a low-tech process that can create refined results, but I lean toward the somewhat rustic side. I have mostly cast natural objects such as stones, bark, and shells that become pendants and common objects like pencils and allen wrenches for earring components. Lately I have been experimenting with inventing shapes within the sand mold to make what I call Personal Bark. I hope to have a few of these very recent pieces at the show!

What are the things customers seek you out for?:
My cast pendants are most often sought or commissioned specifically. I make a few stacking rings that are also popular, particularly a set of mixed metal hammered rings with a floating sterling cube on each that are fun to fidget with. I just completed a range of sizes for Made & Found! I like to combine these with other rings made of sterling with a bronze element that is made from slices of a cast pencil. I also enjoy making simple enamel earrings that are an affordable pop of color that are very popular with the public and a great way for me to experiment with color relationships on a small scale.

How did you learn your craft or business?:
I pieced together my education over the past 12 years via the NCSU Crafts Center, Pullen Arts Center, Pocosin Arts in eastern NC and the Penland School of Craft in the NC mountains. We are so lucky to have so many top notch resources here in North Carolina! I’m also fortunate to have a community of local metal artists with whom I trade information, tips, and advice. I’ve filled holes in my skill set many times with the aid of The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight – all of his books are great!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity or business mode?:
Alone and listening to NPR, My Favorite Murder Podcast, or music. My dog often accompanies me to the studio, especially in the evenings, and if no one else is there we will take a break to play some “hall ball” which is the best indoor exercise a pooch can get!

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  1. I have one of the hammered twirly rings and love it. Claire’s work is unique and creative. Happen to have known her for many years and am thrilled for her artistry!

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