The process of metalsmithing has had a mesmerizing effect on me; so much, that it’s held my attention for the past three decades. Metal has a plasticity to it, allowing it to be manipulated by hammer, fire and one’s hands. I create jewelry from sterling silver with a sculptural, organic quality . It is my hope that those who own one of my pieces will enjoy it for a lifetime.
Lisa Colby has a BFA in metalsmithing from Wayne State University and currently operates a studio in Asheville, North Carolina. She’s been designing and creating metal jewelry for more than 20 years, and she teaches metalsmithing techniques around the United States. Her work is exhibited nationally and has also been featured in the books 1,000 Rings and 500 Silver Jewelry Designs.
“I create jewelry that is fabricated entirely by hand. One of the techniques I employ is that of melting sterling silver and manipulating this material while it is hot to achieve the organic shapes often seen in my designs. I mainly work with sterling silver and occasionally add gold, semi-precious stones or found objects to my designs. I draw upon innumerable sources for my inspiration, including vintage textile patterns, the physical universe and commonplace objects from my daily life.”