Profile picture of Ashley Byrne

As a metal designer I look to the world around me for inspiration.  Two sources I find inspiring are organic shapes found in nature, and the designs and styles of past cultures and civilizations.  I am particularly interested in plants of the succulent species and the symbols and designs of India and Ireland.

I use various techniques in my work, including casting using molds, forming three dimensional shapes, and forging sheet or wire by hammering.  This enables me to create a broad range of shapes in my designs.  I choose to use copper, bronze, and silver in my pieces for the visual appeal that each offers.  The natural colors of copper and bronze complement the natural forms, while silver can add a touch of modernism, or create an entire design.

Ancient styles and symbols are often overlooked as societies develop, and are frequently replaced by new styles and new techniques. I find it important to remember the designs of the past, and try to demonstrate, through my work, how those styles influence our present culture.  I achieve this by combining modern techniques with historic design elements.

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.