Dawn was born in Santa Fe, NM and grew up there in the gallery/studio of her parents, Denise and Samuel Wallace. She started out watching and working on her parents jewelry and through her teens graduated to creating and selling her own work.
"My parents had this really lovely way of collaborating on their work. My mother's strong connection to her Alaskan Native heritage is clear in her designs. Designs that I think really touch and resonate with people. My fathers passion for stones is obvious in the care he put into the selection and carving of each stone. Together I think they created really inovative work. Work that is rooted in Alaskan Culture but with contemporary style. As a jeweler/artist I feel that learning from them has created a high standard to live up too" -dawn kulberg
Dawn received an A.A.S in Jewelry design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC in 2003. She exhibits her work in Alaska, New Mexico, Vermont, New York and Sydney.
"I have always felt a very close connection to my Native heritage and my family in Alaska but that is not all of my heritage. Its a part of the whole and you can see that in my work. It is more contemporary. I'm inspired by the Alaska I know today…..my friends and family, the architectural shapes of NYC, my children and my tropical home. I'm telling my story and in that way I am doing exactly what my Alaskan ancestors did, along with the Scottish and German and so may other cultures in our world.. The telling and passing on of stories through art. " -dawn kulberg
The Jewelry is made in a similar fashion to that of my parents. I design and fabricate all of the metal work. My brother, David Wallace cuts and inlays the stones. Then they come back to me for scrimshaw and final touches.
Every piece is hand worked. We work mainly with Sterling Silver and add 14 karat gold accents. Inlay involves using an 18 inch diamond saw followed by various diamond wheels and bits to meticulously inlay each stone into its bezel.