Elaine Butcher

Elaine Butcher, Jewelry Artist

Charlottesville, Virginia

It begins with an idea and ends with a well-designed piece, with a lot of experimentation in between. How does it move? How does it feel when you wear it? Figuring out how to construct each piece, working out the kinks and perfecting the design is all part of the process.

Elaine’s favorite objects are airy, simple and thoughtful. She finds this especially important when it comes to things that she wears. Elaine creates tiny sculptural worlds using traditional jewelry materials, incorporating geometric elements to make objects that are light and wearable but have a weighty presence.
Many of her materials are milled from recycled metals, and all of the design and construction is done by hand in her own studio. She loves to travel, and finds creative inspiration everywhere she goes.


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