Texas-based jewelry brand Her New Tribe creates chic pieces with color and clay

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Each year, inspired by the works of artists such as Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella and Jeff Koons, the designers of Austin-based jewelry brand Her New Tribe release a new collection of shapes, then change the color palette. for the next seasonal change.

In 2018, Ashley Stovall and Stephanie Duncan blended their backgrounds in fashion and sculpture to launch a line of architectural earrings hand-formed from clay. Playing with proportions and “a very intentional color palette,” says Duncan, the reception to their first release of smart, clever shapes was gratifying. “We saw an instant visceral reaction to this earring, women can’t decide which color to choose because they love them all.”

Each bi-annual season, Duncan brings color inspiration to Stovall, who uses his science undergraduate studies to test, mix and blend formulas in his home studio, matching the shades Duncan selects from fashion shows, the abstract art, interiors, vintage fabrics and Pantone Swatches. Each piece is cut by hand without the use of molds – Stovall uses a slab technique to make the shapes in their makeshift lab. “My process is quite simple and my hands are what I use the most,” Stovall says.

As they refined their aesthetic and developed the line – offered in boutiques in Chicago, Brooklyn, Austin and Houston – they experimented with light and assertive shapes, sometimes ditching a silhouette for a more wearable piece. The new spring-summer collection of individually fired earrings, a mix of hand-formed flat cut and extruded shapes, is available in colors such as sun, aura, shrimp, quartz, galaxy and the coin, sometimes with perfect grooves and channels throughout the imperfect organic shapes.

The women have also expanded their offerings to chunky pearl necklaces they playfully call “candy necklaces,” strung with a mix of their ever-expanding color library or designed in monochromatic patterns — and earrings. iridescent ears that reveal pearl-like bubbles that catch and reflect light in glazed sparkles of gold and silver. .

“What I’ve always loved about clay is that you don’t need this giant setup to create some pretty amazing creations,” Stovall says. “It’s an art that hasn’t evolved much.”

$88 to $285. Available at Ann Mashburn, 2515 River Oaks Blvd.; sanewtribe.com

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