ARTIST + DESIGNER
As the daughter of a wooden boat builder & an avid gardener my works have always been inspired by the symbiosis of humans & their environment. Born and raised in Western Montana, I SPENT MY EARLY LIFE IN THE RIVERS AND THE WOODS, exploring and creating art inspired by my beautiful surroundings. It was in a 1920s barn turned wooden boat studio that I created my first jewelry piece at the age of 5. A thin blue ribbon strung though a oyster shell, simple and natural, a harbinger of what was to come. I learned from a young age, that BEING AN ARTIST ISN'T JUST ABOUT PRODUCING WORK, ITS THE WAY YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE. After studying anthropology and fine art at university, I moved from the mountains of Montana to spend time in the eclectic sea side city of San Francisco. I established my first design studio in San Francisco Bay Area where I created work that reminded me of what it was like to be YOUNG IN THE MOUNTAINS. Where you listen to the seasons changing, to energize your aesthetic and mood. Where THERE IS ONLY ROOM FOR SIMPLE, PURPOSEFUL & INSPIRED DESIGN & everything else is gone with the shift of the breeze.
I since have studied silversmithing in northern MEXICO and taught lapidary at GHOST RANCH in the American Southwest. The desert is a constant source of renewal and inspiration for me. You can see the influence of the Southwest in my pottery and jewelry.
YOUNG IN THE MOUNTAINS now calls the Rocky Mountains home again. This time in Denver Colorado where I opened a 900 sf showroom and studio.
MORE ON INSTAGRAM...
LISTEN TO FOUNDER, MARIELE IVY ON THE 'AVOWED PODCAST"