Juniper Bay Metals strives to craft heirloom quality jewelry for those who desire uncomplicated adornments that speak to their own creative spirits. Each piece is infused with my care, attention, and sensitivity to design and detail. My wish is for each piece of jewelry to carry with it a sense of love and belonging that will always be felt by the wearer. Texture, organic design, color and refined detail are cherished elements that appear throughout my work, which is oftentimes inspired by the sea.
I've been drawn to small things since I can remember. I find overwhelming beauty within the tiniest of subjects. Delicate subtleties and fascinating textures found amongst naturally occurring wonders are hugely inspirational to my work.
Working in metals has been my passion since 1998, when I took my very first jewelry course with renowned metalsmith Bob Ebendorf at East Carolina University School of Art & Design. During my sophomore year, a potter friend encouraged me to sign up for a beginning metals class. I soon found the process of metalworking to be so challenging and gratifying. Metal, a seemingly cold and hard material, could be manipulated, formed, pierced, melted, and spread! I quickly shifted my course of study and went on to earn a BFA with a Metal Design concentration in 2002.
In 2014, after several years of making jewelry part time, I finally took the leap to start Juniper Bay. It is my absolute joy to spend time creating my work and I appreciate your support!
I accept one-of-a-kind custom work on an ongoing and case-by-case basis. As you know time is a precious and fleeting thing. I must use my studio time both wisely and in alignment with my creative drive, design sensibility, and values. That said, I am happy to have a conversation about custom jewelry with anyone. Creating pieces that are sentimental, heirloom, and ceremonious is amazing! However, should I feel a project is outside my wheelhouse, or something I would prefer not to take on, I will do my best to offer advice or recommendations if requested.
Juniper Bay Metals is located at 22 Glenwood Ave, Studio #6 inside The Carter Building, a downtown Raleigh arts incubator housing many artists' studios, retail shops, wellness practitioners, and creative start-ups.