Two pairs of earrings and a necklace by North Carolina metalsmith Alice Scott.

Alice Scott

SYMBOLOGY JEWELRY

Alice Scott’s jewelry-making journey began when she was just six years old. Her parents were craftspeople, and she grew up traveling to art fairs, soaking up all the creative energy. Her mom set her up painting pumpkin faces on brooches to sell at Halloween craft shows, and after that, she was hooked. She continued to dream up new jewelry designs and hone her skills as a budding artist. 

Following her passion, Alice studied jewelry and metalsmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design. Once she better understood how to fabricate and work metal, she launched her own unique collection of sterling silver jewelry. 

Alice says she tries not to be too influenced by jewelry trends. In fact, she cites her favorite artists as Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington, two painters who blazed their own paths during a challenging time for female artists. Alice’s interest lies in making jewelry that celebrates traditions. “I borrow symbols from various spiritual and cultural practices to create my own world of sacred objects. Each piece is meant to help the person who wears it feel connected to something mysterious, ancient, and bigger than herself.”

All of Alice’s pieces are handcrafted in her West Asheville studio. Her jewelry has a timeless quality. It can be dressed up or down, making it ideal for all occasions. When asked why she was drawn to the medium, Alice says: “I love jewelry because you can wear the art on your body and use it as a talisman for intentions, inspiration, or remembrance.”

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