My work is primarily influenced by my fascination with forms and their interior spaces, by color, and by my affinity for the natural world and the allure it holds for me. I feel that we are all connected to nature and to one another on a very primal level. My jewelry seeks to inspire women to live artfully and remind them to embrace the beauty in the small things in every aspect of their lives. I use traditional metalsmithing techniques, such as shell forming, piercing, and enameling as well as contemporary and experimental techniques like torch fired liquid enamels.
I love creating these pieces that not only speak to my love for the natural world, but also fuel my passion for the materials and techniques that have been used for many centuries and have a rich history of their own. I am honored to be able to put my own life into them and make unique and beautiful pieces to put out into the world.
Annie Grimes Williams is a native of North Carolina, and currently lives in Winston-Salem, NC. She holds a BFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University and works full time as a metalsmith, making work in her studio and traveling to exhibit in Craft Fairs as well as show work in galleries around the country. Annie is an exhibiting member of Piedmont Craftsmen's Guild, Carolina Designer Craftmen's Guild, and serves on multiple boards for local art organizations. She also teaches metalsmithing and enameling workshops at Sawtooth School for Visual Art. When she is not in the studio, Annie enjoys spending time with her husband, 4 year old son, and dog exploring the outdoors at local parks and retreating to the beach whenever possible. Her love for nature can be seen in her work which often features nature-inspired forms, colors, and textures.