Ashley Buchanan

We’re delighted to offer a large, representative collection of innovative jewelry by emerging artist Ashley Buchanan. Her designs are interpretations of classical three-dimensional jewelry motifs, using two-dimensional brass sheet metal. These pieces are meticulously hand-cut or “pierced” by the artist. Industrial powder-coated paint is used to create monochromatic color schemes which visually ground the familiar forms. 
  • My current body of work is a series of hand-cut, powder coated jewelry that focuses on image, pattern and decoration in order to reference ornamentation and historical jewelry. I am interested in a reality that exists through images and representations and how the appearance of an object can substitute for the original. The use of repeated iconic imagery is important to my work in order to establish a familiar identity between the viewer and the object.

    In Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord writes about the effects of a production-obsessed society and a resulting transformation of reality into the image of reality. Debord explains "…Human fulfillment was no longer equated with what one was, but with what one possessed…bringing about a general shift from having to appearing…" By focusing on iconic shapes and common jewelry motifs I seek to create an environment where the silhouette of a pearl necklace or the image of a diamond on a ring can somehow be elevated to the status of an actual pearl or diamond.
     
    As a maker, it is my intention to challenge the conventions of handmade jewelry through the use of inexpensive materials and new approaches to design and surface decoration. Because silhouettes allow me to reduce objects and images down to their most basic form, I am able to reference the history of jewelry but with a clean, contemporary aesthetic. This is reinforced through the use of powder coating, a process commonly used on an industrial scale to coat or color large metal objects with a durable, uniform finish. By using a limited color palette of black, white, greys and the occasional pop of yellow, I allude to common colors of metal such as silver, gold and oxidized metal.

    The significance of the hand however is not forgotten; it is important for me to maintain a handmade quality in all of my work. In order to speak to the tradition of Craft and also to satisfy my passion for making, each piece is meticulously hand-pierced from sheet metal using a traditional jeweler’s saw. In select pieces, I specifically reference a particular piece of jewelry by introducing digitally scanned photographs, which have been made into inexpensive buttons. These buttons are then prong set onto the final object to mimic the original presence of a gemstone. In more recent work, I have been exaggerating simple motifs such as teardrops and chain links in order to create pieces that are less recognizable than a traditional silhouette. By combining the handmade with the industrial and the digital, I am able to produce pieces that speak to the past, present and future of Craft while still maintaining the seductive quality that jewelry possesses.
  • Ashley Buchanan (b. 1986, Atlanta, Georgia) is jewelry artist who received her BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Georgia. Drawing on common jewelry motifs and iconic imagery, she individually hand-cuts silhouettes from sheet metal using a traditional jeweler’s saw. She then applies color using an industrial process called powder coating. This method of painting electrostatically covers metal with a dry pigment, which is then cured under heat to create a durable, uniform finish. Finally, she assembles these components together in order to create new simplified pieces of jewelry that maintain a clean contemporary aesthetic.
  • Ashley’s work has been featured on blogs and websites such as Daily Candy; in newspapers like the Atlanta Journal Constitution and most recently she was featured in Ornament Magazine as an emerging contemporary jewelry artist.
     
    Her goal is to create wearable works of art that push the boundaries of jewelry and can be enjoyed by a vast array of customers, as well as grow her business to an internationally known brand while maintaining a contemporary, handmade quality.

    Publications

    2013

    Showcase 500 Art Necklaces

    2012

    Ornament Magazine Vol. 36 no. 1
    Showcase 500 Rings: New Directions in Art Jewelry

    Exhibitions

    2013

    LOOT 2013, Museum of Art and Design, New York, New York
    Black + White + Pearl, Enwave Theatre at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario
    COATED, The Studio, New York, New York
    Twenty-First Century Heirlooms, Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
    Monochrome Noir, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, California

    2012

    Metal, LIGHT: Art & Design, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    Kathleen Sommers Fourth Annual Bracelet Show, San Antonio, Texas
    Multiples, Heidi Lowe Gallery. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
    TACA Biennial: The Best of Tennessee Craft, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, Tennessee
    SPLURGE, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

    2011

    Metal, LIGHT: Art & Design, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    La Noche del Broche, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
    Multiples, Heidi Lowe Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
    Ear Candy, Alloy Gallery, Newport, Rhode Island
    Kathleen Sommers Third Annual Bracelet Show, San Antonio, Texas
    Craftland, Providence, Rhode Island
    This is TACA, Slocumb Gallery, Johnson City, Tennessee
    20_3_30, Athens, Georgia
    20_3_30, Greenville, North Carolina

    2010

    20_3_20, Chicago, Illinois
    Multiples, Heidi Lowe Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
    Best of 2010 Annual Juried Exhibition, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio
    35th Annual Juried Exhibition, Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, Georgia
    A Presence of Thought, SNAG Conference, Houston, Texas

    2009

    Exit Strategies, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, Georgia
Multiples, Heidi Lowe Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
    Nuit Blanche, The Metal Arts Guild of Canada, Toronto, Ontario
    Crafting Romance, ATHICA, Athens, Georgia
    21st Annual Juried Printmaking Exhibition, Lamar Dodd, Athens, Georgia

    2008

    Multiples, Heidi Lowe Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
    Body as Site, Thomas Street Gallery, Athens, Georgia
    La Mostra, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, Georgia

    2007

    La Mostra, Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca, Cortona, Italy
    Me Bike, Westergasterrein, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Awards and Scholarships

    2012

    Contemporary Design Award, Craft + Design Show, Richmond, Virginia
    Best in Category, Manayunk Arts Festival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Merit Award, TACA Spring Festival, Nashville, Tennessee

    2010

    Norm and Gloria Schulman Work-Study Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts
    Windgate Fellowship Award Nominee
     
    2004-2008

    The Georgia HOPE Scholarship

    Juried Craft Shows
     
    2013

    CRAFTBOSTON, Boston, Massachusetts
    Visual Arts Center of Richmond Craft + Design Show, Richmond, Virginia
    Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    American Craft Exposition, Evanston, Illinois
    SNAG Trunk Show, Toronto, Canada
    TACA, Nashville, Tennessee
    American Craft Council Show Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
    American Craft Council Show Baltimore, SNAG Nominee, Baltimore, Maryland

    2012

    One of a Kind Show, Chicago, Illinois
    Visual Arts Center of Richmond Craft + Design Show, Richmond, Virginia
    TACA, Nashville, Tennessee
    Indie Craft Parade, Greenville, South Carolina
    Artscape, Baltimore, Maryland
    Manayunk Arts Festival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    American Artisan Festival, Nashville, Tennessee
    Indie Craft Experience, Atlanta, Georgia
    SNAG Trunk Show, Phoenix, Arizona
    TACA. Nashville, Tennessee

    2011

    Renegade Craft Fair Holiday, Chicago, Illinois 
    Indie Craft Experience, Atlanta, Georgia
    Crafty Bastards, Washington D.C.
    TACA, Nashville, Tennessee
    Sandy Springs Arts Festival, Sandy Springs, Georgia
    Piedmont Park Arts Festival, Atlanta, Georgia
    The Big Crafty, Asheville, North Carolina
    TACA, Nashville, Tennessee
    American Craft Council Show Atlanta, ALTcraft Artist, Atlanta, Georgia
    ATELIER, Athens, Georgia

    2010

    BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular, New York, New York
    Holiday Market, The High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
    Becket Hitch, Baltimore, Maryland
    Featured Artist Trunk Show, Art and Light Gallery, Greenville, South Carolina
    Chatty Crafty, Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Indie Craft Parade, Greenville, South Carolina
    Surreal Soiree, Featured Artist Trunk Show, Salvador Dali opening, 
    The High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia,
10 Piece Double Stones Necklace yellow
10-Piece Double Stones Necklace $230.00
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3 Piece Decorative Bib Necklace
3 Piece Decorative Bib Necklace $198.00
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3 Piece Alternation Earrings light grey/yellow
3-Piece Alternating Earrings $84.00
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3 Piece Decorative Wings Necklace charcoal
3-Piece Decorative Wings Necklace $200.00
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5 Cut Gem Ring charcoal
5 Cut Gem Ring $50.00
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Decorative Frame 3 Necklace charcoal
Decorative Frame 3 Long Necklace $88.00
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Geometric Cuff charcoal
Decorative Geometric Cuff $130.00
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Decorative Pearl Drop Silhouette charcoal
Decorative Pearl Drop Silhouette $66.00
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Egyptian Necklace with Vintage Chain charcoal
Egyptian Necklace with Vintage Chain $140.00
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Facing Swans earrings charcoal
Facing Swans Earrings $90.00
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Gem Bangle, cream
Gem Bangle $54.00
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Iconic necklace yellow
Iconic Necklace $140.00
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Ink Blot Bangle yellow
Ink Blot Bangle $52.00
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Sweet Lace Necklace
Large Sweet Lace Necklace $80.00
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Linked Necklace
Linked Necklace $300.00
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Links and Folds #2
Links and Folds #2 $380.00
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Links and Lace #2 lace close up
Links and Lace #2 $380.00
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Pearl Multi Strand Necklace cream
Pearl Multi Strand Necklace $76.00
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Pearl Single Necklace
Pearl Single Necklace $58.00
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Pearl Single Ring
Pearl Single Ring $44.00
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Pearl Sketch Petal earrings cream
Pearl Sketch Petals $60.00
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Pearl Strands Bangle light grey
Pearl Strands Bangle $56.00
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Pearl Strands Cuff bracelet
Pearl Strands Cuff $150.00
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Pearl Strands Ring charcoal
Pearl Strands Ring $50.00
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Pocket Watch Necklace cream
Pocket Watch Necklace $76.00
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Simple Drips BIB Necklace natural brass
Simple Drips BIB Necklace $86.00
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Simple Strands Earrings charcoal
Simple Strands Earrings $80.00
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Single Decorative Earrings light grey
Single Decorative Earrings $70.00
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Sweet Necklace cream
Sweet Necklace $54.00
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Two Piece Decorative Cuff Bracelet
Two Piece Decorative Cuff $380.00
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Wings Cuff top view charcoal
Wings Cuff $88.00
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