I am a Costa Rican maker currently living in Spain.
I run my own studio which is the "Atelier" here you can find one of a kind jewelry pieces made in a traditional manner using mostly recycled sterling silver which is worked in a way that allows the metal to react to the fire naturally, creating rich textures.
On my first jewelry class I was told that the only way to learn to make jewelry was to spend hundreds of hours on the bench working.
I dived in without really knowing at the time that it would become such a personal practice which truly changed my life, jewelry has given me freedom and it has taught me self determination.
I also carry a contemporary jewelry line which allows me to explore different topics, materials and motivates me to keep traveling, learning and to try to understand this fascinating relationship we have with objects.
A little bit about me:
I like living a simple life, I don't need a lot to be content.
I was raised believing in fairy tales and ghosts, lots of laughter and innocence.
I think every goal can be achieved if you are constant and work hard enough
I think we should be greatful and never take things for granted.
I don’t step on bugs…
I like giving compliments to strangers.
I got the sense of humor of my father and the eyes of my mother.
I love learning new things and to try to discover the "Why" of everything...
I love travelling and moving around you can follow my blog to see a bit of it in my personal instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/_nataliaraya_/
I have longer hair than anyone I know..
I have no idea where I'll be in 5 years but I do know what I want to do the rest of my life.
I choose to have faith in many things and I believe in signs.
I am Natalia, I make jewelry to be worn an enjoyed and some to answer my own inner questions through making.
I feel blessed to do what I love and I really couldn't ask for more.