Artist Kerye Leigh
I am self employed metals artist using primarily copper, silver, alcohol ink, and stones. My work gravitates to the forms and folds of flora and communicating the synthesis of organic and metal.
I received my Bachelor of Fine Art degree, with an emphasis in metal smith/jewelry from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in the fall of 2013.
Growing up, I’ve always liked to make beaded jewelry. My mom gave me my first little bead set, I couldn’t have been more than eight years old, going on a plane trip. Since then it seems making jewelry was my favorite past time.
After I got out of high school, my family and I had to move for my dads job. I didn’t know what to do. My parents, being the supportive parents they were, pressured me to get out of the house and do something, anything. So, I got a little job, and started taking some basic college classes.
Well, this little job was at an Arts and Crafts store. Suddenly I was surrounded by art, and things used to make art. It didn’t take long till I realized my past time could grow. I could learn how to cast silver, polish bronze, or shape copper. I could combine the elements of nature to create something beautiful.
I am really attracted to organic forms, I had been drawing flowers and ocean life since I was young and so when I was introduced to some of the more advanced techniques of jewelry making, like fold forming, I knew I had found a way to combine my natural interests.