Caitie Sellers is a full time artist with her studio based in the River Arts District located in Asheville, North Carolina. Caitie was recently recognized as a Halstead Grant finalist. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007, earning a BFA in Craft/Materials Studies. In 2008, Caitie Sellers traveled to Guatemala, spending her summer months teaching women in rural communities the art of jewelry-making.
Her designs reflect the architecture of urban city life found in that part of the world, ” I am attracted to the graceful craftsmanship of these often overlooked features. In my jewelry I am placing value in the detail of the ironwork and thereby bringing a sense of preciousness to otherwise common materials. In this way rough and imposing architecture evolves into graceful and delicate forms while keeping the wearer anchored in geography and history.”
Her Richmond Necklace, which took 7 weeks to complete, is a recent design, “I’m not the type to channel my emotions into my work through imagery and concept, but I still do it through process. The only thing that makes my mind calm down is methodical practice with my hands. And that’s exactly what this necklace was. It’s nothing especially new for me, but it’s a whole lot of the techniques that I love.”
Caitie creates most of her pieces using sterling silver and steel. She tours the country exhibiting her jewelry and also her beautiful line of sculptures, with removable jewelry pieces designed right into the artwork. Caitie’s work can be found in fine galleries across the United States. Her jewelry can be purchased online at her website and also on her Etsy site. Jewelry pieces range from $35 – $720.
Halstead awards a business grant to a new jewelry designer in the bridge segment each summer. The grant awards $7,500 in start-up capital and merchandise to a new jewelry design company. If you are starting a new jewelry design business, please check out the Halstead Grant website for more information on how to apply and eligibility details.