April Ottey’s work explores the relationships
between natural objects and hand crafted pieces
where the mark of nature isn't so different from the
mark of the maker. She casts, fabricates and
incorporates pieces of the natural world to create
jewelry that draws heavily from nature. Her
obsession with the colors and textures of plants in
her gardens, and her close-up inspection of various
stages of birth, growth, death, and decay or
erosion in forests, rivers, beaches and mountains
has shaped who she is as an artist.
April Ottey is a jewelry artist living in Eastern
Washington. She completed her undergraduate
and graduate degrees in photography at Montana
State University and Central Washington
University, respectively while focusing on the
process of change as natural and manmade forms
coalesced. Not long after she finished her MFA,
she began working in metals and has been making
jewelry for the past 20 years.
Her work can be seen in a number of galleries in
the northwest. She does commission work and
has created many one a kind pieces for clients.