Stephanie Ellis

"I grew up in a small southern Iowa town. A black sheep in all respects, I was the girl in love with art. As a small child I could be found outside twisting blades of grass together into rings for my family and friends. This desire to create has always been with me and has never wavered. I had big ideas and dreams about what I was and what I was to become.  I worked hard and graduated with a BFA in Art/Design from Iowa State University in 2002. I excelled my way through advanced woodworking, ceramics, metalsmithing, and fibers. I wanted to do it all! Though it wasn’t a tough decision to choose an emphasis, as metalsmithing and jewelry design was a love and a passion!

I worked in a small family owned jewelry store while I was going to the university to gain experience and to further my skills. This experience would prove to be crucial when it came to finding a job in the industry after college. I applied for a job right after graduation with an artist and Jeweler in Vail, Colorado. After a 13 hour drive and a one day long bench test, I was hired on the spot. I spent the next 5 wonderful years in the beautiful town of Vail working for an amazing and inspiring artist named Jim Cotter of J. Cotter Gallery.

I left Vail to pursue a Graduate Degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale where I achieved an MFA in Metalsmithing in 2009. My thesis was based on Victorian mourning jewelry, the duality of human hair and use of its use as ornamentation.

After an amazing an exhilarating experience as a grad student I traveled to Asheville, North Carolina to live and to create a life for myself. I started out by working for a local jewelry store to save money in the hopes of starting my own business someday. After a few years, I was determined to move beyond just working towards other people’s visions to realizing my own.

I launched my line of alternative bridal and engagement rings in the Spring of 2018. Though it is a work in progress, I am very happy with my achievements and how my work has progressed over the years. It feels amazing to finally put myself out there and to create a line of work that is made with love and is entirely of my own design."

Kyle Griffith