As the daughter of a wooden boat builder & an avid gardener, Mariele's works have always been inspired by the symbiosis of humans & their environment. Born and raised in Western Montana, She spent her early life in the rivers and woods, exploring and creating art inspired by her beautiful surroundings. It was in a 1920s barn turned wooden boat studio that she created my first jewelry piece at the age of 5. A thin blue ribbon strung though a oyster shell, simple and natural, a harbinger of what was to come. Mariele learned from a young age that being an artist isn't just about producing work, it's the way you live your life. After studying anthropology and fine art at university, she moved from the mountains of Montana to spend time in the eclectic sea side city of San Francisco. She established her first design studio in San Francisco Bay Area where she created work that reminded her of what it was like to be YOUNG IN THE MOUNTAINS.
Mariele has since have studied silversmithing in northern Mexico and taught lapidary at Ghost Ranch in the American Southwest. The desert is a constant source of renewal and inspiration for me. You can see the influence of the Southwest in her pottery and jewelry.
YOUNG IN THE MOUNTAINS now calls the Rocky Mountains home again. This time in Denver Colorado where she opened a 900 sf showroom and studio.