Heather Wang Jewelry Artist
I knew that I wanted to be a jeweler when I was 14 years old. I was lucky enough to attend a high school that had an "art metals" class, and I haven't looked back since. I received my BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. Afterwards I went straight to graduate school, at the Royal College of Art in London, England. I left the RCA with a MA (equivalent to a U.S. MFA) in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery in 2004. After spending the last of my money traveling around Europe, I returned home to Massachusetts. Upon my return I found work as a costume jewelry designer, and then briefly as a high end flute maker. Along the way, I found my current studio space at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA. When everything started to fall into place, I took a deep breath, and jumped at the chance to start my own business in early 2007.
What I love most about jewelry is its ability to contain and spur memories. I love to make lockets and other memento jewelry, so much so that this was the subject of my dissertation and focus of my work at the RCA.
Nature is also an ideal muse, always different, always inspiring. Trees have played a recurring role in my work from the very beginning, even though I wasn't always conscious of this fact! I also love to work with color, so enameling is one of my favorite techniques. All of the jewelry is hand fabricated by me, using a wide variety of gold and silversmithing techniques.