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Tonya Powell

Biography:

"Jewelry is my craft. Engineering is my trade."

Born an artist and raised an engineer, Tonya has returned to her artistic roots as an accessory designer.  With 14 years of experience as a jewelry designer, metalsmith and Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Applied Jewelry Progessional (AJP), she has created an American jewelry brand influenced by her obsession with tactility and love of the Bauhaus Movement.

Specializing in hollowforms and textile manipulation in metal, Tonya is constantly pushing the boundaries of volume and tactility in her jewelry.  Her work with hollowforms and textiles led to the creation of Tonya's Signature Fibril™ Texture.  Additionally, Tonya is committed to doing her part in preserving the environment; and, as such, all jewelry is mindfully designed and created using certified recycled precious metals and ethically sourced or lab-created diamonds and colored gemstones; this in addition to adopting the latest eco-friendly studio practices and utilizing eco-friendly packaging.

Current Professional Organization Affiliations:

Member, Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA)

Member, Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America (MJSA)

Past Professional Organization Affiliations:

Member, Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)

Member & Education Committee Leader, North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths (NCSG)

Education:

Applied Jewelry Professional Diploma

Gemological Institute of America (GIA)

 

Metalsmith Apprenticeships

Various Master Jewelers, University Professors and Nationally Recognized Artists

 

Enameling Apprenticeship

W. W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation

Bachelor of Science,  Systems Engineering

Howard University

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