I've been drawn to small things since I can remember. I find overwhelming beauty within the tiniest of subjects. Delicate subtleties and fascinating textures found amongst naturally occurring wonders are hugely inspirational to my work.
Working in metals has been my passion since 1998, when I took my very first jewelry course with renowned metalsmith Bob Ebendorf at East Carolina University School of Art & Design. During my sophomore year, a potter friend encouraged me to sign up for a beginning metals class. I was really nervous at first because, until that point, I'd never felt like a 3D artist. I was growing comfortable with paint and canvas. However, once I began learning the new material and techniques I was amazed...and completely hooked!
I found the process of metalworking so challenging and gratifying. Metal, a seemingly cold and hard material, could be manipulated, formed, pierced, melted, and spread! I quickly shifted my course of study and went on to earn a BFA with a Metal Design concentration in 2002.
I have continued to explore my craft through the years by participating in local and regional workshops as well as through teaching and making.
Texture, organic design, color and refined detail are cherished elements that appear throughout my work, which is oftentimes inspired by the sea.
Silver, gold, copper and brass are my preferred metals, especially when they can be recovered from the scrap bin or recycled from past projects. I love incorporating interesting stones and enamel for raw pops of color.
Juniper Bay Metals is the handcrafted jewelry of artist Staci Sawyer Phebus. Born and raised in coastal North Carolina, her work is often steeped in sea-inspired imagery. Using traditional metalsmithing techniques and materials such as silver, gold, turquoise, and semi precious gemstones, each piece is lovingly crafted and detailed producing one of a kind results.