What: Handmade jewelry consisting of brass lacquered to seal in the warmth and vibrancy of the metal; touches of sterling can be spotted in the newest collection. Pieces are priced under $200, with most falling in under $100.
Who: Classically trained in piano, Katie Bly spent much of her spare time in college delving into creative outlets. She first had a penchant for beading, which then migrated to metals. Katie’s second half, Andy, is also a musician by trade – a saxophone player. “So his affinity for brass runs deep,” says Katie. Also quick to pick up the art form, Andy can often be found piercing, polishing and sawing with the sounds of Coltrane filling the studio. The team splits the duties; she handles social media, they both handle customer service.
How: Metal pieces are hand-cut, using a jeweler’s saw. “It’s a little more work than stamped or manufactured findings, but well worth it in the end,” she says. Each piece has a unique shape, where they solder on settings for stones or resin. Their signature resin opal technique takes up to 24 hours to cure from start to finish, making it a very exciting process for the couple to watch.
But that’s not all: After self-teaching their latest art form, the dynamic duo took another passion outside by trying their hands at farming. This year they’ve taken it further by not only growing their own food, but also offering a subscription service for organic food delivered to their customer’s doors. “A typical day starts with lots of coffee and ends with sore hands,” she says. “It’s a lot of hard work, but very gratifying.”
Favorite piece: “My favorite piece from the latest collection is the Polarity cuff.” The open cuff bends to fit any wrist size. The band is composed of two sterling silver wires that are soldered together and then hammered for texture. “The wires meet on top of the wrist with brass diamonds featuring our signature resin opals. This cuff is great for stacking with other pieces, and the negative space it creates on top of the wrist is also very flattering and feminine.”
Find products locally at doll. (a boutique).