Agneta Bugyte opens the door to another world through her elegant, timeless and poetic jewellery that speaks of the rawness of the beauty surrounding our lives. Her work is unique by adding a oxidised look on the surface, creating a glossy, shinny or smokey finish. We had a quick catch up with Agneta Bugyte about her work.
If you weren’t a designer-maker, what would you be right now?
I always knew I would be an artist even when I was little and didn’t really know what art was. The hardest thing was to find my art speciality, as I was into everything – painting, photography, calligraphy, interior design etc. until I found that perfect fit – jewellery as an art form. Then I knew I would be a jewellery artist, working with precious metals. I found that exceptional something I had looked for all my life.
When did you realise you wanted to be a designer?
As I said before, I always knew I would be an artist even when I was little. Although I was brought up in a large town in Lithuania, as a child we often went to the woods and lakes, where the textures and shapes of stones, moss, wood, enchanted me. I always took something back home with me like a piece of tree bark, or moss, a stone or a pine cone to remind me of that special moment.
Describe your work in three words.
Unrefined, delicate, poetic.
Are there any other designers whose work you admire, and why?
There are many talented designers out there and all of them have different values and different approaches to the design, its hard to name only a few… but – Pat Flynn, Polly Wales, Alex Sepkus, Julez Bryant, Jacqueline Cullen…
What do you do in your free time?
Spending a lot of time in nature, enjoying landscapes and deep silences that surround me.
What’s one thing you like to do everyday without fail?
Be a better person, better me.
What brings you the greatest satisfaction?
What’s the best advice you have been given?
Be yourself. Everything else is already taken.
What’s the best gift you have ever received?
Birth of my son on my birthday party 🙂 Trust and smiles are the best gifts I get from people who surround me.
What is in your bucket list?
Visit Iceland and go on a wine and food tour in Italy.
What is the best piece you have bought and from whom?
I only buy best pieces. I never buy something just to buy, I care what I am buying and from who. I do research. I need to trust before I make a purchase. I don’t have many things, I choose well and make sure it lasts. Quality not quantity.