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Handmade sculptural jewelry based on the decay of memories, architecture, and heirloom objects.

Ashley Gilreath

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Ashley Gilreath


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Metalsmithing! Swords, knives, and horse shoes: I make none of these things.

Yes, people ask me all the time if I make swords, knives, or horse shoes. Not that I can't make any of these potentially awesome things, but I just haven't.

I pursued my life with the arts of metalsmithing and enameling when I was in college, and have never regretted that decision. Through this field I have been able to find and become a part of a community of makers who share my hardcore love of smithing, educating, and living through our artwork . The passion and friendly competition between friends and colleagues from around the world, both past and present, enriches my studio practice and pushes me to continually evolve my concepts and skills as an artist.

My conceptual and sculptural artwork revolves around the ideas I've formed and observed about family, history, ancestry, heirlooms, and what happens between these relationships through life and death. Books, furniture, clothing, and even silverware can influence the dynamics and relationships between the past and future generations. Accumulating in layers and decaying through time, these remnants of our physical world provide tangible reference points for how we understand one another and ultimately ourselves. My jewelry, as I see it, is an abbreviation of the larger ideas within my artwork; they are small pieces of my world that you can hold and take home.

Favorite tool: Either my parallel pliers or my chasing hammer; though I've been using an NC Black engraving hammer for quite a while and we're kind of inseparable.
Favorite metal: Silver. Gold is delicious too, but silver and I have an understanding.
Favorite artist: Enamelist Valeri Timofeev. Oh, I can't even--- I mean, really--- just yes. All of the yes.

I also collect a lot of things.

To see more of my work visit my website at:

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  • Ashley Gilreath

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Coming from a long line of craftsmen on both sides of my family tree, I pursued my interest in the arts throughout my childhood. I was blessed to grow up in a supportive family who always nurtured my creative spirit; even during my pipe organ phase!

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Last updated on August 19, 2013

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I have been expertly trained to pack artwork through strict gallery standards, which means that you will be overwhelmed with how much packing material will come along with your jewelry! I want to make sure the piece arrives safely and survives the harrowing journey to your doorstep. That being said, some things cannot be controlled and items could possibly be damaged during transport. If this is the case, please take pictures of both the shipping container and the piece itself, and email these to me along with a written description within the first 24 hours of receiving the package. Otherwise I will not be able to give a full refund. If contacted within the first 24 hours of receiving the piece, I will of course discuss with you either a refund, or free repairing of the item. These things will be decided upon on a case by case basis.
My policy is that I must receive the payment within three business days. Once your money order, check, or paypal transfer clears into my bank account and all looks correct, I will ship the item with a written receipt within 1-3 business days, and will also send you an email letting you know that your new artwork is on its way!

Also, I encourage international buyers! However, you will be responsible for any international customs charges. If the postage fee exceeds the estimated shipping cost for the item, I will send an additional invoice via PayPal to cover the shipping charges.

**The shipping fee pays not only for the insurance and postal fee, but for the materials used for packing the piece(bubble wrap, tissue, cardboard box, etc).
I ship using USPS because I've had way too many valuable items damaged and ruined by UPS and FedEx. I always make sure to get a tracking number and insurance for each item, and will send you the information with estimated arrival time via email.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you see an item in my shop you like, but maybe want a version that is smaller, larger, etc. unique for you, I would love to discuss the possibility of making you a one of a kind commissioned piece! I have done this many times before, and am quick to respond to all your concerns and questions. Just email me through etsy and we will figure things out together!