Upper Metal Class -  a minimalist style with a hint of light hearted fun.  Each hand crafted design is developed with simplicity in mind while drawing inspiration from architecture, math, science and the natural life around us. 

We are always looking for ways to improve our everyday practices in all aspects striving towards using recycled metals, packaging material including protective bags that are earth friendly & biodegradable. 

We also aim towards helping the community along with non-profit organizations.

MADE IN U.S.A.

 


Image by Portland Supply Co. 

Image by Portland Supply Co. 

Our Story

Hi I'm T a Los Angeles native currently based out of Portland, OR and I love designing Upper Metal Class.

When I was "in between jobs" or when I didn't have a job at all, it always lead me to that thought of, "What the hell am I going to do now?!"  That feeling of being lost and down on your luck while not knowing what to do next in life.  Like it's the end of the world or maybe not, but it's just a scary thought of knowing that starting over is never easy.  I've gone through many horrible jobs and some that were really great, but nothing I was passionate about or could see myself doing for long.  So one day I finally gave up trying to figure everything out and fell into a hobby learning about the different processes of jewelry making to keep myself busy having fun.  And I have been enjoying every minute of it till this day.

When I'm not working or making jewelry I hang out with my family and 2 old dogs Gizmo and Koi.  I also believe in giving back however I can and once a week I donate my time as a hospice volunteer which is basically spending time with terminally ill or people in their last stages of life.  I find it to be one of the best gifts to be there with them and an honor to be able to be a part of these peoples lives.


Community

We enjoy giving back and helping the community.  The following are organizations we have supported along with past events.

LIFE CENTER NORTHWEST
Proceeds from the "Niki Necklace" are donated to Life Center Northwest to raise awareness about the need and the importance to register as an organ donor to help nearly 100,000 waiting for a transplant. 

VIETNAM GIVING TRIP
Our personal travels to Vietnam to help and give back. Read them here: Intro , Part 1 & Part 2 

PLANNED PARENTHOOD
Provides community healthcare
Summer Sex & Spirits benefiting Planned Parenthood NYC

TEEN WITH A DREAM
Provides aid and care to children with cancer 

ANIMAL REFUGEE KANSAI - TOHOKU PACIFIC QUAKE ANIMALS FUND 
Supporting the animals of the Japan Disaster by raising money with custom made “I Love Japan Bracelets”

COMMON RALLY - EVENT
Charity for the Pasadena Humane Society &  SPCA Charity 

SWIM BIKE RUN WATER FOOD HEALTH FUND
Benefit for Ryans Well Foundation, International Women's Health Coalition and the Sacramento Food Bank

FOR JAPAN WITH LOVE
The Silent Auction Benefit for the Shelter Box

JAPAN RELIEF DONATIONS
American Red Cross
Network for Good, Inc.