WHO & WHAT
Salt Grass creates modern adornments using abstract forms, texture and distinctive silhouettes.
We have an eco-conscious approach using recycled metals, conflict-free diamonds and natural stones.
All of our work is hand sculpted in our Portland, ME studio.
Image by Meredith Brockington
To create, responsibly.
Salt Grass Jewelry is made with integrity and intention. We have taken great steps to guarantee authenticity and uphold the reputation of our sources, material, and products. We exclusively use recycled metals for all of our silver and gold. Our stones come from small lapidary companies across the Southwest, New York's historic Diamond District and beyond. Our studio is powered by renewable solar and wind energy through Arcadia Power, and we recently replaced all "bio-degradable plastic" with plant-based, compostable clear bags.
We are continually looking to grow and better educate ourselves with regards to environmental business practices. See an area where we can improve? Let us know!
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 focused 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 sculpt classic yet distinct pieces of jewelry.
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.
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