My Story

I’ve always been an artist. Most of my time as a little girl was spent filling up sketchbooks. It was a natural progression for me to pursue fine arts so I graduated with a BFA in Printmaking (Clemson University).

After college, I felt the urge to try something new, and enrolled in a two-month jewelry metalsmithing program at Penland School of Crafts.

I fell in love with designing jewelry!

It was a magical time, and I still count those two months at Penland as the best time of my 20s.

Shortly after my class, I started my studio and founded my jewelry company, Emily Claire. I took a sales job at an IT firm in Raleigh, NC, and worked full time for five years while I spent my nights and weekends building my jewelry business.

In 2014, I decided it was time to let my passion for jewelry take center stage, and I left my sales job to pursue my business full time. 

I jumped head first into life as a creative entrepreneur, and since then I haven’t looked back.

It has been a great ride so far.  I’ve traveled and studied, won and lost, and met some incredible people along the way.  

In recent years, I moved to Charlotte, NC, to be closer to family, and found a studio home at Dilworth Artisan Station.

I have gone back to my roots and reignited my two-dimensional art practice with oil painting.  It feels so great to be back at the easel, and if you are interested in seeing more, you can see my work at

There is no better feeling than designing jewelry that help women like you feel elegant and confident;  Or creating a painting that completes a room in your home, making it inviting and warm.

I’m at my best when I’m creating, and I’m honored to share my creativity with you.

Thank you for visiting.

~ Claire