THE MAKER - Ashley May Heitzman

Ashley is drawn to texture and pattern both in nature and in her urban surroundings. Each piece of jewelry in her collection starts with a sketch and evolves as the process grabs hold. Working with a range of precious metals; including copper, silver, brass and gold, can be at times challenging as each metal brings its own set of limitations. Still, Ashley finds beauty in mixing and layering the different metals.  She showcases their strengths by exploring the different techniques each alloy allows. 

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THE PROCESS - By Hand

My work is inspired by nature, history and the materials I use. My process begins with patterns, that I design, then etch into the metal. While the fabrication process requires precision, I enjoy the spontaneity of mixing the metals with their varied surfaces to produce my own original designs.