Twisted Turtle Studio was founded and is operated by Christy Rector, who was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. From the very young age of just 8 years old, Christy has been passionate about creating art, and it has been her lifelong dream to operate her own studio. By combining her love for art, glass, and metal, she has turned her dream into reality with her own studio. The studio's name is a nod to her Cherokee Native American heritage. Christy is entirely self-taught in metal smithing and all of her work is created by hand, one piece at a time. Although Twisted Turtle Studio is a small, local, and woman-owned business, Christy's two sons occasionally help out as well.