April Ottey

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.


category: Jewelry