Metalworker and jewelry designer Lisa Colby is based in Asheville, North Carolina, a city known for its arts scene and the talented artists and makers who call it home.
Even among such a vibrant community of artists, Lisa stands out: her jewelry is as unique as it is beautiful, animated by the delicate details of her surroundings as well as the deep sense of permanence and heritage that fine, handcrafted jewelry conveys.
Though she lives in Asheville now, Lisa was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up, she was surrounded by the arts, and at a young age became interested in ceramics and thought that she would pursue a career as a ceramicist. These plans changed, however, when she took a class in metalworking while studying art at Wayne State University; she had found her medium. After college, Lisa learned the complexities of jewelry production working under a jewelry maker in Nashville before finally devoting herself to crafting her own jewelry in 1993. Lisa’s work is a testament to the power of handcrafted art: she makes each piece from scratch, cutting, shaping and re-forging sheets of sterling silver, taking inspiration for her distinctive, dynamic designs from the natural world and the rugged, elemental quality of her materials.