Meet The Face Behind


A BRIKA maker story

Ashlee Meadows

"I believe in being satisfied with who we are."
“When Im feeling uninspired and feel like Im lacking the vision to create something beautiful I just continue to create.”

“I believe in...being satisfied with who we are, because we are amazing.”

“I like the juxtaposition of the word ash against the clean and refined style of my porcelain jewelry.”

“I believe in...being satisfied with who we are, because we are amazing.”

“I don’t even feel like I had any say in the matter,” says Ashlee Meadows of Raleigh, North Carolina on her path to becoming a designer. “I feel like designing is quite often not a learned skill, but something that comes very naturally to many artists.” Of course, this porcelain jewelry maker is glad she earned her BFA; in addition to learning more about design and composition, she gained the technical knowledge needed to work with clay, from glazing to firing delicate works of art. For her collection—under the moniker ASH—she meticulously shapes every piece of porcelain, dips it in glaze, and paints it with a brilliant gold luster before firing it three times. “The final product is not complete until I string the pendant on a 14k gold-fill chain,” she says.

What did you want to be growing up?
I’ve always loved creating and ever since childhood I knew I would be an artist of some kind. I don’t even feel like I had any say in the matter. It’s who I am and what I do.

What's your favorite item in your collection?

It would have to be the skinny bar earrings, because I instantly feel more modern and stylish when I put them on. They make every outfit better, whether I’m wearing jeans and a T-shirt or a black dress and heels.

What inspired you to create your skinny bar earrings?
It is impossible for me to pinpoint the origin of my inspiration! The concept behind the skinny bar earrings and the entire ASH collection is clean, modern luxury.

Where was the last place you visited that inspired you?
We drove across the country to Arizona. I’ve never thought of cactus as beautiful, but the drive through Saguaro National Park in Tucson was amazing. I was inspired by the texture of the hills dotted by a sea of prickly cacti.


“My mom is one of my biggest supporters. She is always helping me in some way or another to be more successful in my business.”