Photo By Carey McArthur

Photo By Carey McArthur

MARIELE IVY

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 design studio in San Francisco Bay Area to create 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 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 maintains two studios, jewelry is created in  MILL VALLEY, CA and you can find me covered in clay, working as a member at the Berkeley Potters Studio in BERKELEY, CA

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I do not think inspiration is divine. I think its intrinsic, but ignited by the elements around you. I like to imagine it like a seed that wont be a flower until its ready. All you can do is keep nurtured with water, sun, healthy soil, essentially a healthy subconscious. When ideas seem to spring forward out of nowhere, I can see how one might like to look outside ones self for the source, but I think its healthy to acknowledge the power our minds have to surprise us. I try to practice being grateful and aware of my surroundings. This helps me develop a keen eye for the small details that will eventually be part of that “ flower “ later.
— Mariele Ivy