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Julie Merrill

I am the third born of a Northern family, immigrated to the mountains of Western North Carolina over 38 years ago. I was born and raised in the mountains, on a small horse farm surrounded by hundreds of acres of forest. My childhood was filled with a lot of responsibility as well as a lot of fun, with an endless natural world to explore, whether through horses, the wilderness, or the wilderness inside.
The years following my high school graduation were filled with exploration of many sorts; some formal studies in anthropology, travelling to Africa twice, Europe, and Central America, as well as within the United States. Upon returning to Asheville, I began studying medicinal plants and soon after jewelry, which then brought me to an interest in larger steel production work.
The Professional Crafts Program at Haywood Community College, as well as multiple workshops at John C. Campbell Folk School and Pendland School of Craft have brought me to a new level of professionalism and skill, and prepared me to step into greater possibilities within metalworking. As I have risen to start my own business in both jewelry craft and blacksmithing work, I have grown to find more of myself. I am increasingly contributing to the metal artist community and have been working in the jewelry and blacksmithing field since 2004.

I started making jewelry about 8 years ago, to quickly move on to bigger things... metal work and blacksmithing have now become my love. I currently work for myself in pursuit of my own jewelry and steel forged work in Asheville and plan to continue with my passions by focusing more on my own business. I make a wide variety of functional steel objects, from knives to stools, racks and stands, and tools, as well as the adornment of jewelry.

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25 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
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