Victoria Dumbaugh

Jewelry Artist / Metalsmith, The Distillery Studios South Boston
Boston, MA, United States

About Victoria


Victoria Dumbaugh is a Boston based artist and jeweler working primarily in metal and dealing with themes of the female figure. Born and raised in Sarasota, FL she attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and after her graduation in 2011 set up shop in the Distillery Building in South Boston, founding the interdisciplinary arts collaborative Studio 12B. She has studied at Penland School of Craft in Penland NC, where she took intensive courses on lamp-working and metal raising. She has worked for the Artist Janet Echelman as a Studio Assistant and Project Manager and currently also works at European Watch Company on Newbury St. where she restores and refinishes high-end men's watches.



Areas of Expertise

Art, jewelry, watch restoration

I'm passionate about

History, mythology, the female figure, and the natural world. In my work I try and understand and explore these ideas and their interaction.

Talk to me about

Art, design, metalsmithing, mythology, nature, aquaponics, vivariums, talk radio, really anything!

People don't know I'm good at

Sword fighting of all kinds, horseback riding, whatever might help me should I need to be a blacksmith in the middle ages. Also I love building vivariums, aquariums, and enclosed ecosystems.

Comments & conversations

Victoria Dumbaugh
Posted over 1 year ago
How can crowdsourced financing change the way we design and build our cities?
I agree, I believe that crowd-funded projects will give the community more of a sense of ownership and I believe that it will begin to shape architecture in a much more connected and reactionary way. I think that, while very humorous, the campaign ran by “The Oatmeal” for the Nikola Tesla Museum is a really thought provoking example of the vast potential of a successful fundraiser. There goal was to raise 850K, with a matched 850K from the state of NY, which would allow them to purchase Nikola Tesla’s old laboratory and turn it into a museum, however they managed to raise over $1,370,000 during the month long campaign. In $3 donations alone they raised over $16,000, to me this is a fantastic way of forming a supportive community around a project and breaking through the constraints of traditional funding. I would love to also see crowd-funding allow for more research and creative freedom among developers and designers. I believe that there are some truly remarkable ideas and innovations in sustainable design construction techniques that just can’t find the funding or support to experiment and make technological and design advances. Crowd-funding could be seen as a terrific resource for students, organizations, and communities to promote progress, allowing for ideas to be proposed, vetted by a mass of people, and potentially funded, and in a relatively short period of time.