WHO & WHAT

s a l t  g r a s s | jewelry

Bespoke Metalsmithing  

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Salt Grass creates modern adornments using abstract forms, texture and distinctive silhouettes.

 

We have an eco-conscious approach using recycled metals, conflict-free diamonds, natural stones and low or non-toxic chemicals.

 

All of our artwork is hand fabricated in our Portland, ME studio.


OUR MISSION

To create, responsibly.

SALT GRASS Jewelry is made in the US with select materials.  We exclusively use recycled metals for all of our solid sheet and wire supply. Our solid metals come from a few sources, one of which is a family run company based out of Virginia, who guarantees that all of its precious metals are produced from 100% re-used material. They are one of the worlds leading green refineries and are SCS certified ever year. 

Post consumer recycled metals are just as clean, pure and "refined" as metals that originate from the earth. The main difference being that we are not contributing to the mining process by using "new" metal. Mining for metals causes a huge amount of waste and displacement of animals and plants. It is for these reasons that we are so happy to see many supply company's now offering recycled metals and eco production facilities.

For more info on our metal supplies please don't hesitate to ask.

Beyond eco-consciousness we love to support other small businesses which is why we have found many independent lapidary companies to provide us with many of our stones. Our crystal collection comes from an Arkansas based company and all other stones and gems are purchased in Tuscon at the Gem Show or in New York City's Diamond District from small family run operations.  We take great steps to guarantee the authenticity and uphold the reputation of our sources.

Additionally, all of our packing is made from 100% recycled material and we strive to use low toxic chemicals in the studio wherever possible.

Go green or go home!


 White Sands, New Mexico

White Sands, New Mexico


BACKGROUND

Kristi Frank is an abstract artist working in small metals. She was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. As a child, she fell in love with unusual rock formations and the distant horizons of the southwest. Initially, Frank focus on black and white fine photographer at the Santa Reperata International School of Art in Florence. 

From Italy she then moved to San Francisco where she turned her attention toward sculpture and metalsmithing. Her love for long hours in the darkroom and her fascination with small details has undoubtedly transferred to her metalwork. In 2010 she received her BFA from the Academy of Art University in sculpture with an emphasis on small metal work. 

Following graduation, Frank moved to New York City where she began working as a full-time metalsmith for a number of female-run independent companies. There she learned the nuts and bolts of jewelry production and gained unparalleled knowledge about business through her various mentorships. The confidence she gained from these women inspired her to start her own company. 

Late in 2016, Frank moved to Portland, ME and launched Salt Grass. Today her metal work is largely influenced by her memories of the southwest and her current northeastern surroundings. She takes great influence from the natural world around her and works with an ethos of minimalism to create classic yet distinct pieces of jewelry. 

 

 Abiquiu Reservation, New Mexico

Abiquiu Reservation, New Mexico

S A L T  G R A S S

also known as distichlis spicata is a very tolerant grass that can grow in the mountains, the desert or the cost. It is known by several common names, including seashore saltgrass and desert saltgrass and is widespread in New Mexico.

 

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

 

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