Christy Conrad was born in New Haven, Connecticut but lived widely spread around the east coast of the United States. Her father is a fisherman so her childhood was filled with memories spending time on the boat. There were many beautiful shells and creatures to spark her imagination. She started her interest in jewelry as a child, wanting to share the treasures she collected with the world.
Her first experience with jewelry fabrication was in high school where she started a jewelry program during her time at Kimball Union Academy. Between the jewelry she made at Kimball Union and experimentation with welding and larger metal sculpture initiated her acceptance to study jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
While at FIT, she had the opportunity to study millinery, something she now strives to combine with her Jewlery. In 2017 Christy made hats for designer XO Assante who’s collection was featured in the June edition of Vogue Italia.
FIT is also where she met master craftsman with a specialty in Japanese techniques, Chie Teratani, who she continues to study and teach with today. She continues to progress her own work as well as teaching at Studio Dahl.