Workshops & Retreats

Mariele Williams

Mariele Williams, daughter of a wooden boat builder and an avid gardener, notes that her works have always been inspired by the symbiosis of humans & their environment. Born and raised in western Montana, she spent her early life in the rivers and the woods, exploring and creating art inspired by her beautiful surroundings. It was in a 1920s barn turned wooden boat studio that she created her first jewelry piece at the age of 5. A thin blue ribbon strung though an oyster shell, simple and natural, a harbinger of what was to come. She learned from a young age, that being an artist isn’t just about producing work, it’s about the way you live your life. After studying anthropology and fine art at university, she moved from the mountains Montana to spend time in the eclectic sea side city of San Francisco. She established her design studio in the San Francisco Bay area to create work that reminded her of what it was like to be young in the mountains: where you listen to the seasons changing to energize your aesthetic and mood; where there is only room for simple, purposeful and inspired design and everything else is gone with the shift of the breeze. I since have studied silversmithing in northern mexico and lapidary at ghost ranch in the american southwest. The desert is a constant source of renewal and inspiration for me. You can see the influence of the southwest in my pottery and jewelry. Young in the mountains now maintains two studios, jewelry is created in mill valley, ca and you can find me covered in clay, working as a member at the berkeley potters studio in berkeley, ca

“I since have studied silversmithing in northern Mexico and lapidary at Ghost Ranch in the American Southwest. The desert is a constant source of renewal and inspiration for me. You can see the influence of the southwest in my pottery and jewelry. Young in the Mountains now maintains two studios, jewelry is created in Mill Valley, CA and you can find me covered in clay, working as a member at the Berkeley Potters’ Studio in Berkeley, CA.”

Mariele Williams

Abiquiu Inn
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

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