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Born and raised in Switzerland, i have been living in Santa Barbara, California since 1997 where i completed an interior design program in 2003. After attending jewelry classes at the Santa Barbara Continuing Education Program i found my passion for working with precious metals and, applying my design background, i have been designing and crafting jewelry since 2005.
claudia A. designs are inspired by architecture, geometrical shapes and unusual color and material combinations.my goal is to create minimal, timeless pieces that can be worn every day and for special occasions alike.
While working primarily in sterling silver, i also incorporate gold, copper, enamel, up-cycled bicycle tubing, rubber and packaging plastics as well as felt into myvjewelry designs. i am constantly looking for and exploring with new materials i can use as unusual accents in my jewelry designs.
I apply techniques used in fabrication (soldering, forging, fusing, riveting, stone setting, oxidizing, folding, etc.), and enameling (kiln firing of glass on to metal) as well as weaving, folding, knitting and crocheting to handcraft earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and the occasional cufflink.
i have been exhibiting at the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show since May 2005 and exhibit regularly in various art festivals in California and accross the US.
Designing and handcrafting jewelry has been a passion for many years
and i hope that i will have the opportunity to share some of my creations