What: Jewelry, handmade, of metal and carved wood.
Who: Dustin Williams is a Charlotte native. Her work is inspired by nature, she says, and she finds many of her materials walking through woods and fields.
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On her process: Williams restores antiques and uses many of the same skills in her jewelry making. “I use skulls I find as a visual reference for the tiny ones I carve out of wood,” said Williams. (She doesn’t use the actual skulls in the work.) “I like replicating the shapes and textures as closely as I can to the real thing.” She cuts the most basic shape from a block of wood, then carves everything away that doesn’t look like a skull, she says. It can take her four hours to finish one small goat skull carving.
How it launched: “Like most artists, I’ve been creating my entire life. I learned a lot from restoring antiques and found I could build my own designs from scratch.”
On motivation: “Existing is my motivation, I guess. Motivation has never been a problem. My head is always swimming with ideas and I usually have at least a half-dozen things going at once in various stages of completion.”
Find it: Online at Harlan McKenna Designs Facebook page.
Find more CLT Made goods by searching the Observer website for that title, or on the “CLT Made” Pinterest page.