Ellen Athens


The lure of the forest and the ocean drew Ellen to the Mendocino coast from her home town of San Jose, California. Having studied art and design at San Jose State University and then graduating from the Mendocino Art Center's three year Textile Apprenticeship Program, Ellen's jewelry designs are inspired by trees, flowers and coastal vistas. They are meant to be touched and worn, becoming part of the wearer's daily life expression. Ellen's jewelry combines diverse materials, such as precious metals and stones, and beads and fibers, utilizing a wide range of techniques.