“ As soon as I finish a piece, I put it on and see how it feels and moves. I make jewelry because I like expressing myself through adornment. Jewelry is wearable art that is a visual extension of our personality. It is one of the only art forms that we keep on our person and goes with us everywhere. I want my work to elicit meaning, memories and joy to the person that wears it.” -Mary Risley
Mary Risley received her B.A. in studio art from the College of Wooster where she focused on sculpture and ceramics. She first learned how to work with metal from her aunt, a silversmith, and quickly fell in love with it. Soon thereafter, she traveled to the Penland School of Crafts where she studied jewelry design intensively. Mary’s studio is located in Northampton, Massachusetts.
When designing a piece, Mary arranges the components to see the interaction of positive and negative spaces. She is often drawn to asymmetry and incorporates textures and shapes that mimic nature. Mary has an eye for finding rich, unique stones to complement her metal forms. Her primary material choices are silver and turquoise.