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Ashley Gilreath, Metalsmithing and Jewelry

Ashley Gilreath

Ashley describes herself as a "metalsmith, enamelist, and time traveler" who can't resist buying dusty old books; preferably with water marks and inscriptions on the inside cover. Her conceptual artwork explores family relationships and can be described as artifacts of her genealogical history. Ashley hand fabricates all of her work using high quality precious metals and vitreous glass; sometimes utilizing heirlooms or found objects that she scavenges from the dark and secret corners of antique stores.

Ashley graduated from the Metal Design program at East Carolina University and has been artist-in-residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Lillstreet Art Center. She has recently exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design, Fuller Craft Museum, The Metals Museum and has been published by Lark Books and American Craft Magazine. She teaches workshops in both metalsmithing and enameling at craft schools around the country.