Ashley Byrne | Elements of Ash

How long have you been an artisan? How did your particular skillset develop over time? 

I took intro to jewelry design as an elective in college in 2011 and loved it so much that I decided to switch majors. I started working for another jeweler shortly afterwards and continued for several years after college. My college courses really focused on design skills while work taught me a lot about production and the business side of jewelry making. In 2017 I decided to leave my job and begin my own business. Since then I have been exploring new techniques that interest me. I’ve always enjoyed the casting process and now I am incorporating computer design with 3D printing to create models that I then cast in my home studio.

Please describe your work / product.

I have always loved jewelry, especially rings, and tend to lean towards more delicate, lightweight pieces so that is what I tend to make. I feel that jewelry doesn’t have to weigh you down to make a statement, the design itself can be enough to catch the eye. I also make all my pieces using recycled metals and natural gemstones.

Who are some of your favorite artisans / makers in the region? Who amongst your peers inspires your work? 

There are so many talented artisans in the WNY area but I will choose a few of my favorites. Sarah Kieffer Designs does some amazing work inspired by nature, also incorporating ceramics and enameling techniques. Emily Sajban of Bonfire Craft on Hertel Ave. creates unique fine jewelry that is expertly handcrafted while also running a store/studio where she showcases other jewelers work along with her own. Kyri Jewelry in Rochester, NY creates unique, modern jewelry designs. Rebecca Wind Pottery and Rusted Wheel Pottery both create functional ceramic pieces that are well-crafted and a pleasure to have decorating your home.

How long have you been a business owner in WNY? 

Two years

How long have you been a part of Buffalo Women’s Gifts? 

This is my first year participating at Buffalo Women’s Gifts.

Where can people see / purchase your work year-round? 

I have a webshop and also participate in several art/craft shows throughout the year which I post about on Facebook and Instagram.

Where else will you be representing your wares this holiday season? 

I will be at Hotel Henry’s Holiday Market on December 15.