Artist bio: Griffith builds jewelry from reclaimed wood. Inspired by curvilinear wood furniture and ancient jewelry crafted from bone, wood, and ivory, he employs industrial fabrication methods to produce personal adornment of singular form.
Griffith harvests trees in a New Mexico orchard and barters with woodworkers for their offcuts. Griffith’s design process consists of sketching and working with paper models. Then, the wood is cut into thin strips, steamed, wrapped around custom-built forms, and clamped in place. Once cured, the piece is shaped by hand and undergoes a multi-step finishing process.
Griffith draws upon his industrial design education and a formal training program in Fine Woodworking and Professional Craft to create work that is minimal yet warmly inviting. His work has been exhibited nationally at American Craft Council shows, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, American Craft Exposition, MAD About Jewelry, and elsewhere.