“I do not want the wearer to look at the jewelry and immediately see a specific plant or flower, but to get the feeling that one gets when seeing or being surrounded by botanicals.”
Maia Leppo is a metalsmith and jeweler. Her signature designs are botanical and industrial and feature unexpected textures and subtle geometries. Using a combination of 3-D rendering software, laser-cutting, and hand finishing, Maia creates distinctive modern jewelry and home décor that explore movement, scale, and repetition. Working closely with advanced manufacturers in the Pittsburgh region coupled with her hand finishing, almost all of her jewelry is formed with steel sheet metal. She manipulates the material to have new dimension for products well-made and balanced.