We love supporting the talented artists here in our local areas. From New Bern to Wilmington and from painters to jewelers, we enjoy bringing the community together through art! We showcase these amazing artists monthly so come shop their designs at Lula Balou!
Colby S. Byrd is a local metal designer that attended East Carolina University’s Metal Design program and studied under world-renowned metal smiths and contemporary jewelers. After spending several months in Italy for an art program in 2012, Colby was able to bring home the inspiration and skill needed to begin his own metal design company, Shelton Metal. While in Italy, he was able to attend workshops in enameling and contemporary design with some of the top designers in the region. Much of Shelton Metal designs reflect coastal inspiration and a naturalistic approach, with a modern twist. Colby’s work reflects life experiences, world travels, and found objects along the way.
Now living back in Wilmington, NC Colby owns and designs for Shelton Metal, producing bi-yearly collections. This has allowed him to venture more into his talents as a jewelry designer and grow as a businessman. Currently, you can find the treasures of Shelton Metal within 15 retail locations (and growing) along the East Coast! The newest collection from Colby was inspired by The Lunar Tides of the ocean. Using raw metals and stones, each piece has a concept of the ever-changing highs and lows of the sea, as well as life. Be sure to look for Shelton Metal in a boutique near you or shop online at www.sheltonmetal.com!
I find inspiration in simple life experiences and I plan on sharing this through my art in new and innovative ways that allow for self-expression for the wearer. I hope to continue this path of creating with the love and support of you, friends, and family.