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In my teens I found myself job hunting and stumbled across a local jeweler- under her wing i learned the simplest form of soldering and mass production. It was love at first flame. I soldered so much and so often that I swear by now I could probably do it with my eyes closed and my hands tied behind my back- but it helped me grow. I wanted to know everything... through books and a lot of experimenting (which usually resulted in a lot of melted metal) I began to teach myself more advanced techniques and my skills grew rapidly. I started against the grain and then decided i still needed to know more. I started taking classes at Mesa Center for the Arts and I never looked back. Metals are my passion. I now experiment in many different silversmithing techniques and have recently become one of the workshop instructors at the very same art center that I was taught at.
My methods may not be that of a typical instructor…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 11
  • Joined November 6, 2007

Favorite materials

Sterling silver, wood, glass, spray paint, paper, resin, epoxy, patina

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ashley weber | against the grain

About

In my teens I found myself job hunting and stumbled across a local jeweler- under her wing i learned the simplest form of soldering and mass production. It was love at first flame. I soldered so much and so often that I swear by now I could probably do it with my eyes closed and my hands tied behind my back- but it helped me grow. I wanted to know everything... through books and a lot of experimenting (which usually resulted in a lot of melted metal) I began to teach myself more advanced techniques and my skills grew rapidly. I started against the grain and then decided i still needed to know more. I started taking classes at Mesa Center for the Arts and I never looked back. Metals are my passion. I now experiment in many different silversmithing techniques and have recently become one of the workshop instructors at the very same art center that I was taught at.
My methods may not be that of a typical instructor and I really don't believe in a "right way"- if it works for you and your outcome is what you had wished it to be, then you are doing it right.

I find a tremendous amount of beauty in irregularity and repetition and I focus on this in my work. Everyone has their imperfections and finding ways to take those imperfections and give power to them is something that is both bold and beautiful.

I have placed myself on Etsy to share my passion with others. I can customize almost anything listed on my site and I love when inspiration can be worn.

I strongly believe in and live by the quote, “You were born an original, don’t die a copy.”

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