Ashley Eden Kessler – The Institute for Art and Olfaction

Ashley_300x400Director of Education (Consulting)

A Los Angeles native, Ashley came to perfumery after forays into other creative disciplines. Sculpture, Architecture, Theater, Film and Design were the initial steps on her search for a mode of expression that would support both a dreamer and a pragmatist, a creative mind fascinated equally by science and by art. Perfumery, the science of the ineffable, is where the road finally took her.

Her first introduction to scent was by way of a gift on her 16th birthday: a bespoke fragrance formulated by renowned perfumer Sarah Horowitz.

The study of architecture and design led to travel and work in film art departments, but ultimately it was to Sarah Horowitz Parfums she returned. From apprentice to Junior Perfumer at SHP, she was smitten with the field. Dropping everything else, she immersed herself in study and practice. Her education in niche perfumery continued at LA’s Lucky Scent. Seeking a more formal education in the field, she moved to France to study at the prestigious Grasse Institute of Perfumery. There, she distinguished herself with her final brief- winning one of GIP’s coveted awards. After her studies, she returned to the U.S., having accepted a position as a Perfumer’s Assistant at Drom Fragrances International, one of the world’s top fine fragrance studios. After two years in that position, she was offered the chance to move back to Los Angeles as consultant for Sarah Horowitz’ new business initiative, Original Scent.

In her role as Perfumer in Residence at the Institute for Art and Olfaction, Ashley will oversee the development of the IAO perfumery studio while applying her formal education to the organization’s scent projects. She will also consult on the formation of the IAO’s educational strategies and courses.

Ashley comes to the IAO with a wealth of knowledge and experience in perfumery and the arts. She believes the IAO provides a perfect platform for new and exciting creative collaboration incorporating the science of olfaction and the art of scent.

You can contact Ashley at ashley[@]