Zoe Nelson



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Zoe has more than 25 years experience making many styles of jewelry. Before working with metal clay she did intricate beadwork and traditional metal smithing. She found her passion for working with metal clay after firing some clay in a friend’s enameling kiln. She completed her Rio Grande certification in 2004, and then received a grant from her local Arts Council to buy the equipment necessary for her own studio.

She participates in several juried craft shows and is featured in the book Hand Crafted in the Blue Ridge. She is a member of two local craft cooperative galleries, the PMC Guild and the Etsy Metal Clay Team. She teaches a metal clay course through Appalachian State University’s Craft Enrichment Program.

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


Artist Statement

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. Its 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.