Tai Vautier has been making jewelry for 20 years. She employs advanced techniques such as alloying her own metals, fusing, reticulation and micro-granulation to achieve her unique textures. Please see more of her work and news on INSTAGRAM and TaiVautierJewelry
Tai Vautier was born in Denia, Spain in 1974, to eclectic hippie parents. Tai is a Swiss and American citizen and moved to the United States when she was 3 years old. She had a very unusual and spiritual upbringing and was raised in a multi lingual and cultural environment in a small buddhist community amongst the tall redwood trees of Northern California. As a youngster she mainly painted, illustrated and used photography to express her creative talents. As Tai got older she was very drawn to the world of adornments and jewelry.
Tai is very intrigued and inspired by the textures that appear in nature and the cosmos. Tai is equally inspired by the beautiful adornments and tapestry's from around the world. Her parents lived for many years in the East and collected beautiful artifacts from all over. Tai traveled through these areas as well in her 20’s and never forgot how the lively bright colors of these regions inspired her. She has found a way to merge her love of nature with her love of colorful tribal jewelry together in a singular artistic style.
Tai's jewelry doesn't just stop at artistic expressions. Tai has more than 20 years of experience with metallurgy as she found her way to her hallmark designs and unique textures. These textures are the result of hours of experimentation, alloying, fusing, reticulation and using home made micro-granulation alloys and techniques. She then heavily oxidizes her work and uses high karat gold to create a beautiful contrast between the metals. Tai showcases precious and semi precious gemstones such as diamonds, rubies, aquamarines, tourmalines and many others in her jewelry. Her work is mainly fabricated, rarely cast and no Precious Metal Clay is used in her designs. Tai is mainly self taught taking classes in high school and later some lost-wax casting classes in college. Tai’s textures and designs are protected by copy right.
Tai cares deeply for the planet and animals. roughly 10% of the proceeds of her work go to several different organizations that benefit the planet and animals. She feels it is important to have as little negative or exploitive impact on the planet and uses recycled materials when ever possible. In her free time runs a non profit organization to benefit animals.
Tai serves as the Art Show Chair director for Portland Oregons', Creative Metal Arts Guild. This guild is comprised of metal smiths from the Northwest. Tai directs their annual art show which happens every year at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. This art show is a compilation of 6 Northwest guilds, showcasing, pottery, glass, beads, woodworking, metal craft and weaving. It is know as "The Gathering of the Guilds". www.gatheringoftheguilds.com. Tai is now the President of Gathering of the Guilds.