Richard Ashton lives in Poulsbo, Washington. He has been a Fine Craft Artisan for over 35 years and has an extensive knowledge of stones, their composition and unique qualities. This knowledge and experience contribute to creating an element of design resulting in unique one-of-a-kind jewelry styles. All the designs are original, asymmetrical formats (necklaces, earrings and bolos) created with natural and unusual materials, including a variety of semi-precious stones, antique glass, crystals, amber and desert cactus.
Richard has a large collection of materials which he has accumulated during his years as an artist, having found many unusual beads and bronzes originating from around the world. All cultures utilize symbols expressed in visual form, such as crosses, birds, tortoises and frogs, to name just a few. Additionally, the circle is a symbol of life and asymmetry is balance. Richard incorporates these symbols and properties into all his pieces. He takes a great deal of time to fashion the designs that comprise his unusual creations. Richard has attended gem and mineral shows to find the best and most interesting sources for his materials.