Christina Doelling is the owner and creator of Vanguard Smith. This jewelry line has been in the back of her mind since she was introduced to metalsmithing at age 16, and now it has pushed into the forefront of her life. She started studying metals and jewelry in St. Louis and then moved to Chicago and continued her studies at Columbia College Chicago. While in school, she worked in the metals studio at Lillstreet Art Center and continued her craft at that space for some time. She now has a bench at the historic Midland building in Pilsen where she creates all her pieces from start to finish by hand. She is a huge Prince fan and loves all animals, especially her two cats, Tuko and Spats.