My current line of jewelry is inspired by Colonial Spanish architecture observed in Xela, Guatemala. The jewelry is formed, soldered, and given a patina to resemble wrought steel work that primarily functions as protection for urban homes and businesses. I am attracted to the graceful craftsmanship of these often overlooked features. In my jewelry I am placing value in the detail of the ironwork and thereby bringing a sense of preciousness to otherwise common materials. In this way rough and imposing architecture evolves into graceful and delicate forms while keeping the wearer anchored in geography and history.
Caitie Sellers is a jeweler and metalsmith based in Asheville, North Carolina. She received her BFA in Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. Her recent work is informed by her experiences traveling in Guatemala, especially Colonial Spanish architecture, ironwork, and urban sprawl. She has recently launched her first jewelry production line and continues work on a series of small wall sculptures featuring three-dimensional architectural sketches and hidden jewelry. Caitie has her work represented in galleries across the U.S. and was recently selected as a finalist for the Society for Contemporary Craft’s LEAP Emerging Artist Award. She maintains a studio in Asheville’s River Arts District.
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