Bettina Schneider

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(415) 359-5139

1890 Bryant Street Studios
1890 Bryant Street Room #302
San Francisco, CA 94110

Welcome to my Ayabe website! My name is Bettina Schneider and I am the designer of Ayabe Jewelry.

Working with metal has been an exceptionally joyful and wondrous discovery for me for the past decade. As a child, I was already in touch with my creative and playful side, but hadn’t found a medium to express it in any artistic way. A few years ago, when I started to work with metal something in me lit up so intensely that I cannot imagine my life without expressing myself artistically!

My favorite metals to work with are sterling silver, copper and bronze. These metals can be melted, joined, hammered, soldered, folded, and sculpted in many exciting ways, and there is no end to exploring new techniques to create beautiful objects with them. In the past, I mainly worked with lost-wax-casting using sterling silver. I recently discovered metal clay, which opens up more possibilities in eternalizing textures and shapes found in nature, or creating abstract pieces of art in one or in a combination of several metals. Some of my metal clay creations I also cast in sterling silver.

I live in the Bay Area of California and my hikes through nature inspire me a lot. During my walks, I scan the ground, trees, and bushes for interesting specimens that I want to see eternalized, abstracted or reinvented in metal. The multitude of shapes and textures that are created by nature are incredibly exhilarating and intriguing: sometimes symmetric, other times random, captivatingly complex or surprisingly simple. Not matter what - they all spark my imagination, and inspired by these, I seek to create pieces that embody elements of these forms, textures, and moods.

Some of my pieces are one-of-a-kind pieces; others are limited production pieces. In my designs I often incorporate semi-precious stones that enhance and add other dimensions to my creations. My desire is to produce pieces that people can connect with, wear, and enjoy on a daily basis.