Resident Metalsmith, Studio Co-Founder
Janina Arias is co-owner, resident metalsmith and metalsmithing instructor at Soul Flower, Co. and Studio 925. She is a fifth-generation jeweler who developed most of her knowledge of the jewelry industry through first-hand experience - from running the family-owned gallery of antique jewelry and reproductions since high school, to finally training professionally as a metalsmith abroad in early 2014. A year after finishing her training, she started conducting various classes on metalsmithing and has had over 300 students since then.
Mai Evangelista is the owner and prolific tinkerer at Fake Alchemy - a brand offering unique trinkets using crystals, gems, and metals; and homeware pieces made of marbled concrete and glass. She started her metalsmithing journey in 2015 at Studio 925 and never stopped practicing since then. She is now one of our instructors in silversmithing.
Kris Ian Carlos
Apprentice and Basic Silversmithing Instructor
Kris Ian Carlos is owner and metalsmith at Thingamabobs Art Jewelry - a brand of sculptural pieces inspired by fairy tales and a little bit of gore. A graduate of Fine Arts, she discovered her talent for sculpting in a 3D Art class. Shortly after graduating, she taught basic sculpture to kids and in 2018 pursued her passion for making accessories by learning silversmithing at Studio 925. She is now a full time metalsmith for her brand and is currently taking her apprenticeship at the studio.