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November 6, 2014

Stingray Petal Bracelet

 

Award-winning jewelry artist Megan Clark had planned to pursue fashion design at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah. But when she was shut out of a fashion class, Clark signed up for a metals class as an elective. Weeks later, Clark changed her major. And never looked back.

Background: After graduating in 2005 with a degree in metals and jewelry, Clark moved to Raleigh, NC, where she worked and refined her skills as a bench jeweler for several years before going out on her own.

The company: Started Megan Clark Jewelry in 2009 and became incorporated in 2012. She originally worked out of her home, but in 2010 moved her studio to Artspace in downtown Raleigh. Artspace is a repurposed warehouse building that has about 25 resident artist studios.

Influences: Architecture, history and patterns in nature. “I enjoy balancing strong shapes with delicate textures and patterns,” said Clark.

The goods: Earrings ($95 to $2,100); necklaces ($295 To $10,500); bracelets ($900 To $3,650); rings ($165 To $2,150); cufflinks ($315 to $695); and brooches ($415 To $925). Clark, who does not mold, stamp or laser cut her work, fabricates each piece by hand.
“Working with metal helps keep me focused and present,” said Clark. “I find the process to be meditative.”

Her style: Often described as “industrial elegance.”

Materials: Sterling, 18K yellow gold and natural gemstones (mostly diamonds, rough diamonds, and fancy sapphires). In 2010, began incorporating stingray leather into her work after seeing it used on a handbag.

What’s haute: My Stingray pendants ($295 and up), oxidized sterling earrings ($95 to $165), sterling and gold earrings ($265 and up) and stacking rings ($195 to $1,500).

Claim to fame: In 2013, received a Saul Bell Design Award for her “Stingray Feathers” necklace, which also was featured on the cover of Lark Book’s “500 Art Necklaces.”

What’s next: Adding to her men’s jewelry line by incorporating more color through the use of stones.

Where to buy: www.meganclarkjewelry.com. Also the annual American Craft Council show in Atlanta March 13-15, 2015

 

 

stingray donut ring megan clark

 

Stingray Feather Necklace

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