Tavia Brown is the founder and artist of taviametal, creates one-of-a-kind and custom jewelry in sterling, gold and titanium using lost wax casting, cold and hot fabrication, die-forming, etching, raising, and stone-setting.
She explains her work, which includes rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets, as “both industrial and delicate, edgy and sweet. Inspired by the dichotomy of life, my style of elegance with an edge connects me to this duality that exists within my life.” Being both a mother and an artist, Tavia says, is a balancing act between two opposite yet similar demands.
“My inspirations come directly from life experiences, namely family and memories, but they are also derived directly from the material with which I am working—the tactility of textures coupled with the awe I have for nature.”
Tavia began her work as an artist at Appalachian State University, where she discovered her love of jewelry and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metals in 1998. She then worked as a bench jeweler for a high-end jewelry designer for nearly five years—an invaluable experience for her growth as a metalsmith and a business owner.
Tavia began her business part-time, helping her husband in his own entrepreneurial endeavors, until 2007. Now a mother of two, she is constantly working to keep taviametal a perfect match for her and her family.