About the Artist

 

Metalsmith, herbalist and RN living in western PA. I am passionate about reproductive rights, harm reduction work, and wild plant food and medicine. I spent years living in Virginia and North Carolina, immersing myself in plant medicine. I went to the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, a 9 month long hands on herbal medicine course. I have always been interested in ways we can build autonomy in our communities. 

Witchhazel Jewelry is a one person artisan jewelry business. I run this business out of my apartment in Pittsburgh. I started making jewelry in my early 20’s, out of bone and found items. It was something I did for fun, and it was not yet a consistent hobby. I moved to Pittsburgh 6 years ago, and within the first year of living here I took “Intro to Metals” at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside. I have since then been working on my metalsmith skills through books, youtube tutorials, and online classes. I recently completed "intentional metalsmithing", an online metalsmith course using a hand torch to create eccentric wares. My jewelry is largely influenced by 80’s fantasy movies, nature and industrial aesthetic. It can be described as having a dark femme quality. I still work with bone, and have incorporated dried plant material, copper, sterling silver, precious gemstones, and crystals into my jewelry box. I am particular about where I source my gemstones and crystals. I use only high quality stones to make jewelry. I incorporate a variety of gemstones into my work, but I am most often drawn to lapis lazuli, quartz, obsidian, onyx, and amethyst. I primarily work with copper and sterling silver metal. All of the ear wire I use for my earrings is sterling silver, even in the copper pieces. It is important to me that I only use ethically sourced animal bone. The bone I work with has either been gathered myself while on a hike or gifted to me in small batches from local farmers who have gathered the bone themselves. I do no support hunters or trappers by buying their bone. 

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