Erin Maa Bryce - aka "emaa"
I've taken every art class imaginable and have found what fits. Tiny detail and subtle textures, hammering metal into graceful shapes, using the torch to melt and mold.
I like that jewelry has a purpose.
It makes us feel good, it marks a special time or event, it evokes memories or is a talisman.
Most of all I love that when I make a piece it moves on for someone to enjoy.
The vintage "REY" rolling mill
Inspired by the shape of the materials or the botanical itself I will take the leaves or flowers I've collected and press them into metal leaving a perfect impression that is one of a kind.
Using my old REY rolling mill I place the botanical directly onto the silver or gold turn the lever and like magic it embosses the most beautiful of textures. Whether it is a tiny detail of a flower or a more abstract interpretation like inspiration from the texture of the craters of the moon, nature always seems to show itself in my jewelry.
Growing up in California I've always appreciated exploring the outdoors. I feel very lucky being able to live in such a beautiful area here in Marin. While hiking I began collecting small flowers, leaves, moss, seed pods and started incorporating these botanicals into my jewelry.
I have a great appreciation of how special and fragile this place is so I'm very conscious when making my jewelry to be eco responsible.