About The Artist

Keiko Mita • New York, NY

I was born on a tiny Japanese island with spectacular scenery and wildflowers that became my inspiration. I discovered metalwork at University and later studied jewelry design at FIT in NYC. Initially I created large, embossed works, but eventually turned my attention to sculpture and ultimately jewelry. My design process begins with drawings which I carve in wax. Then I cast, solder and incorporate my signature Dune texture. No craft no life. Especially now I feel creativity is very important.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

I try to create lasting modern designs that are inspired by crashing waves or blowing sand and beautiful wildflowers. First, I draw a design and then I decide how to make it. I try to incorporate my signature Dune texture on most of my pieces. I usually carve my design in wax to create movement before casting it. Then I solder together the pieces, set the stones and hand fabricate the remaining parts before polishing it. I often use melee diamonds on oxidized sterling silver to add accents.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Jewelry is small and wearable sculpture! Precious metals and gemstones keep their shape and color so jewelry can be handed down through generations and remain timeless. I love interpreting nature in my work and bringing happiness to people’s lives. I also enjoy the creative process and figuring out how to bring my vision to life. When a piece is successful it brings me a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

The uniqueness of my work is in its texture and simplicity of form. I was born on a tiny island off the northern most tip of Japan and never could envision a path to take me outside of Japan much less to New York City. Despite my journey, I draw on my background to bring my jewelry to life.