To escape the corporate frenzy and to feed her “bead addiction,” Co-Owner of CHART metalworks, Charlotte Leavitt, began creating jewelry in 2002. In 2006, Charlotte, seeking to turn hobby to profession, became concerned that her jewelry was not unique enough for the market. She closed up her studio and sought inspiration. A long time sailor, one day, surrounded by scrolls of nautical charts in her home, the idea of embedding nautical charts in resin surfaced.
In 2008, Charlotte formally launched CHART Metalworks on Custom House Wharf, not far from her home on Portland, Maine’s peninsula. Fiance’, John Guptill, soon joined Charlotte’s side to grow the business and complete the growing orders. In 2009, Riley, a Corgi-Terrier mix, joined the team as company mascot, and continues to accompany John and Charlotte to the studio every day.
Over time the couple expanded their library and collection of resources beyond nautical charts to include maps and territories beyond the US and today their customers have the ability to customize pieces featuring locations from virtually anywhere across the globe.
Their one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories are adornments that allow you to wear your world. Each customized CHART Metalworks piece depicts a story - where you grew up, site of your engagement or marriage, favorite vacation spot or current residence.
The CHART Metalworks collection includes earrings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets, charms, rings, cuff links, tux studs, key rings, lapel pins, zipper pulls and belt buckles. Prices range from $50 - 575.
In 2010 Charlotte and John were awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award by Entreverge, an affiliate of the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce.
Currently CHART metalworks pieces can be found in over 130 locations nationally.
The company is sustainable-minded using acid-free recycled paper, recycling 100% of their paper scraps, metal scraps and toner cartridges.