Meet the Artist
About This Artist
Ashley Buchanan makes her living as a studio jeweler in Atlanta, GA. She has exhibited her work here and abroad and participates in high end craft shows around the US, where she’s received multiple awards of excellence. Her work has been featured in two 500 Series books, Ornament Magazine, Metalsmith & in American Craft as a short-listed artist for the Emerging Voices Award. Her goal is to create wearable works of art that push the boundaries of jewelry while maintaining a contemporary aesthetic.
Q&A With This Artist
A: I cut my work out of brass sheet metal using a traditional jeweler’s saw and employ a bit of waterjet cutting as well. To apply the color, I use an industrial process called power coating. This method of painting electrostatically covers the metal with a dry pigment, which is then cured under heat to create a durable uniform finish. In some of my newer work, I have left the brass exposed and added a heat patina to create a truly one of a kind piece.
A: The history of jewelry/wearable objects and the significance it holds throughout time and across cultures is ripe. Also, I really enjoy the physicality of the process and the ability to create something delicate from something so strong.
A: The process I use to color my pieces, powder coating, is the same process that is used to color patio furniture, appliances, automotive parts, bicycle frames, etc. I just work on a much smaller scale and cure my pieces in a toaster oven rather than an industrial oven the size of a room.
A: Yes, I have many old drawing books and jewelry history books/dictionaries but there is one in particular that is a collection of woodcuts and illustrations that I keep going back to! Even when I think I've exhausted every page, I can always find something to help move me along.
A: I am part of an all women jewelry collective that collaborates on special projects with a focus on reaching a wider audience outside the traditional craft world. Our mission is to connect, educate and evolve the relationship between the maker, the jewelry and the audience by creating enriching experiences.
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