I am a jewelry artist who designs and creates jewelry that is colorful, fun, and easy to wear.
I fabricate sterling silver wire (gauge 10-30) and sheet (gauge 18-28) into jewelry
components, including bezel pendants, end pieces, findings, and connections.
This allows me to incorporate gemstones and pearls into wearable art – necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
I also design and create 1, 3, and 5 wrap bracelets, using weaving and knotting techniques practiced globally to bring together 1.0 mm leather cord, gemstones, pearls, and seed beads.
I continue to develop my skills and broaden my design concepts through
instruction taken at regional metal design studios and self-study. The results allow me to create a variety of wearable art. This is a lot of fun!
There are so many colors, textures, and shapes of gemstones and pearls. I gravitate to earth tones if I can work the colors into the design. It's just a matter of finding the combination that completes the design concept.
Richard Ashton, currently of Poulsbo, WA, has been designing handmade jewelry for the past 35 years. The earrings and necklaces designed in this collection have been fashioned by incorporating solely natural materials, including semi-precious agates, jasper, antique glass trading beads, Austrian crystals, hand carved camel and water buffalo bone, African amber, buffalo horn, mussel and coconut shell. Each and every piece of jewelry is individually handmade by the artist himself.
Richard’s designs are created with care and are one-of-a-kind styles of unusually high quality. Richard refers to his collection as “Wearable Art.”