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.
Studio based in Portland, Oregon - Made in U.S.A.
Hi I'm T 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.
What's in the name?
Times weren’t easy for my family when I was a child. My mother grew up in a very hard life. She was forced to drop out of school at the age of 12 to start work and eventually to take care of her 16 siblings. When the Vietnam War hit she ended up living in a refugee camp and was lucky enough to make it on a boat packed tight with people like sardines to endure little food, water, fend off pirates and survive the most harsh conditions to cross the ocean to find a better future. It took a few months before she could finally step foot on land again, but when she did she was finally able to start life all over again. With this it meant taking care me, my two brothers (one sick with leukemia) and my uncle in the US where she learned a new language, culture and lifestyle along the way. As a child we didn't have much and I grew up in very low income neighborhoods including the projects where there were gangs, theft and violence, but with that we were also surrounded by others from different races all living in a community with a common goal to be better by striving toward the idea of an upper middle class life. With that comes strong values, hard work, determination and knowing where you came from. Upper Metal Class symbolizes and embodies all of these things.
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.
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