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Zoe Nelson has more than 25 years’ experience making many styles of jewelry. Before working with metal clay she did intricate beadwork and traditional metal forging. She found her passion for working with metal clay after taking an introductory class and receiving a grant from her local Arts Council to buy the equipment necessary for her own studio. Shortly after, she completed her Master Certification in Metal Clay.

She participates in several juried craft shows and is featured in the book Hand Crafted in the Blue Ridge. She is a member of the PMC Guild and the Etsy Metal Clay Team. She teaches metal clay classes through Appalachian State University’s Craft Enrichment Program and in her home studio. She is a member of two local craft cooperative galleries and her work can be found in several shops in the Southeast.

Zoe is fortunate enough to live and work in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.

“I find that when I’m not creating, I’m not living life to the fullest. Even when I’m not creating jewelry, I’m creating something. It may be a good meal, a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my garden, or my relationships with friends and family. It is part of my every-day consciousness – the building of one thing upon another that results in a final piece of work that shows the results of my efforts, hopefully in a beautiful way.”

Comments from her customers:

“This is ornamentation that’s unusual and distinctive.”

“This has a remarkable organic look not normally found in silver jewelry”   

This is ‘statement’ jewelry. It will get noticed!”