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My aesthetic comes from combining my interests of repetition, texture, and asymmetry found in nature, along with my love for fantasy and sci-fi. Each piece is hand fabricated out of sterling silver and/or powder coated copper. While my work is created using traditional metalsmithing techniques, the powder coating adds an industrial finish and pop of color, complementing the contrast of my fascination of science fiction and organic forms. I create jewelry thinking of each piece as a tiny sculpture one can wear, giving the wearer a feeling of uniqueness, strength, and confidence.
Brie Flora is a contemporary jeweler currently living in east Tennessee. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a dual degree in Metalsmithing & Jewelry and Art Education May 2015. In her first year out of college, Brie began teaching beginner/intermediate jewelry classes and weekend workshops at Metalwerx, Lexington Arts and Craft Society, and Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She also worked as an assistant jeweler for Monique Rancourt just under 4 years in and out of college.
In 2015 she helped co-curate two contemporary jewelry exhibitions through the Jewelry department at MASSART; "67 Facets" held during the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Boston conference and Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) Massart show. Brie also curated her first group exhibition "ALLOY", held at Lincoln Studios in Waltham, MA (2015). In the summer of 2016, she was an Emerging Artist during a two month residency at Salem Art Works in upstate New York, where she built her own jewelers bench and experimented with other mediums; plaster molds, concrete, blacksmithing, and woodworking.
Brie has shown her work in a few selected group exhibitions including "Redefining the Vessel" at Mobilia Gallery (2016), and "Touchy Feely" at the Baltimore Jewelry Center (2017), “Training Wheels” curated by Pseudo Gallery and the Myer Street Gallery (2018), and “teapots!” 13th invitational exhibition at the Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery (upcoming 2019). She is an emerging artist in American Craft Council’s Hip Pop program, and won “Best Emerging Maker” at the 2018 Fall Tennessee Craft show. She is currently the President of the Tennesse Craft Plateau Chapter and you can find her work at the Appalachian Center for Craft Gallery, and Monique Rancourt Artisan Gallery.