Hanging on the walls and hidden in the corners of our homes are the photographs and artifacts of those who came before us. These seemingly mundane objects act as the indexical records of family and human history. Accumulating visually in layers and decaying with the passage of time, these remnants of our material world provide physical reference points for how we maintain and understand our relationships with one another. It is my belief that books, furniture, clothing, and even silverware can influence the dynamics and relationships between past and future generations, sparking conversations that bridge us together.
Ashley graduated from the Metal Design program at East Carolina University and has been an Artist-In-Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts(TN), Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, and the Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft(NC). She has exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design, Fuller Craft Museum, The Metals Museum, and has been published by Lark Books and American Craft Magazine. She teaches workshops in both metalsmithing and enameling at craft schools around the country. Ashley's artwork and jewelry explore the hidden narratives of everyday objects, and our relationships with heirlooms as artifacts of genealogical history.
To learn more about my making process as a metalsmith and my motivations as an educator, check out my interview for John C. Campbell Folk School's blog:
Interested in taking a metalsmithing or enameling workshop yourself? Visit my Workshops page for more information and opportunities!