Inspired by the beauty of nature, crafted into stunning
works of art
Since she graduated with a degree in fine arts from the
University of Tennessee, Tamela Wells' life has centered on an artistic career, first in the fabrication of sterling silver
jewelry, which earned her membership in the prestigious Southern Highland Craft Guild.
she has turned her attention to the use of polymer clay, transforming this versatile material into her own, very distinctive, line of pebble, stone and rock jewelry.
Consisting of individually hand-formed beads, her work has earned for her a reputation as a skilled craftsperson, noted for
her use of colorful, distinctive patterns. Inspired by river rocks and stones from around
the world, her pieces reflect her love affair with the art of blending colors of many hues and shades, the result
being a collection of highly sought after bracelets, ear rings and necklaces, marked by their vibrant shades and delicate
Noting that her art is constantly evolving, she admits that her emphasis and direction
have tended to change at regular intervals during the course of her twenty-one year career. She continues to be energized
by the dynamic form and patterns that she observes in the natural displays of the world around her. Yet, she remains
focused on instilling wearability and durability into every piece she creates.
In a recent interview, she acknowledged that, beginning from the time she spent as a traditional silversmith,
her favorite way to work has been to challenge the regular way of doing things.
love to experiment, so often, the journey that begins with ‘what if...' leads me to a fresh and renewed
series of work," Wells says.
Even after years devoted to her art, she proclaims that
her favorite days are "the ones spent in my studio creating pieces that bring joy to those of us who will always love
Today, Tamela calls Asheville home, where she maintains a studio in her picturesque
neighborhood cottage, shared with two daughters, Rachel and Gretchen, and her husband, David. Her works have been featured
in several books, and can be found at several shops and galleries in the Asheville area, including Grovewood Gallery. She also exhibits her pieces at the Southern Highlands Craft Fair held annually in Asheville.