Artists ~ Corkie Bolton ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Corkie Bolton
Shop name: MetalRibbonStudio
Twitter: @metalribbon
Instagram: @metalribbonstudio

1. Tell us about your work
Everything I create is either one of a kind or made in very small production lines. Besides the help from casters in Rhode Island, everything is made by hand, by me. I really pride myself on quality materials and enjoy being affordable but consider my work more of an investment then a piece of costume jewelry.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
Ever since I got my Jewelry degree in college I have been fascinated with ribbons and incorporated them into my work. I believe they add a celebratory and bold element to the text I often incorporate. I also draw inspiration from tattoos and ribbons are used frequently in certain genres, Sailor Jerry for example.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I attended RISD summer program in 2002 and then went on to receive a Bachelor's in Jewelry from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 2007. I have been fortunate enough to pursue my bench work since graduating and have been teaching jewelry classes as well. I currently teach at The Steel Yard in Providence.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
As previously mentioned I love drawing inspiration from tattoos. I also love to tell a personal story in my work. For example my piece entitled "Never Again" is about my quitting smoking.

5. What’s your favorite item to create?
I'm happiest when I find a gorgeous stone to work with or I have a concept for a one of a kind piece that is highly personal. I also love carving something out of wax and having it casted as a one of a kind.

6. What’s your best seller?
My pyramid and spike collections do very well. They are modern and edgy but can be worn everyday. I also sell custom ribbon necklaces with important dates or names stamped on them and those are very popular.

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
Since November 2014 when my husband and I bought our house in Providence. He is originally from Burrillville, Rhode Island. I'm originally from New York.

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I heart: Del's Lemonade, Allie's Donuts, Working + taking classes at The Steel Yard, Walking on Blackstone Boulevard and the Hope Street Farmers Market to name a few things.

9. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?
Take classes to expand upon your skills and always keep creating. It can be a hard business to get your jewelry or craft out there but if you stay focused and positive good things can happen!


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