Ashley Adler, Metalsmith
Ashley Adler is an independent designer and maker specializing in contemporary eco-conscious jewelry. From raw materials to shipping supplies, Ashley believes in supporting local, small, and independent businesses and minimizing our environmental impact. Her work reflects her love of the Maine woods and often features trees, flowers, and various animals. Drawing on her background in theatrical scenic design, many of her pieces tell a story or draw on a memory. She spent two years at The Theatre School at DePaul University before completing her BA in Human Ecology at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME.
I got my first taste of metalworking as a high school senior. I fell in love immediately and spent most of my free time in the studio, playing around with metal, a saw, and a torch.
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, I was surrounded by amazing architecture from an early age, but also identified strongly with animals and felt drawn to wild places. Having many interests -- from pottery to calculus -- I am so grateful for the time I spent at College of the Atlantic, where everything is a little bit of something else. Consequently discovering Acadia National Park was like finding something I didn't know I'd lost but desperately missed. My favorite pieces to make are ones that draw on that experience, and it brings me so much joy when those pieces speak to someone else.
When I'm not making things out of metal, you can find me making things out of something else, gardening, baking, reading, hiking, or spending quality time with my husband and our Shepherd/Akita, Makoto, and our Shiba Inu, Tesla.
I bake the BEST chocolate chip cookies (seriously, I can provide references), also delicious banana bread, fruit crisp, and carrot cake. All from scratch, of course. My favorite ingredient from the spice rack is real vanilla extract. One of my life goals is to keep chickens in my backyard. I adore plants native to the midwest and northeast, especially ferns, wild geraniums, meadow sage, coneflowers, dogwood, witch hazel, and redbud trees.