“I am inspired by nature. My jewelry features organic lines and raw gemstones. I allow my work to show the natural variation that comes from being handmade. ”
“I love the act of creating something that didn’t exist in the world before my hands formed it.”
Walk us through your production/design process.
Most of my ideas come to me while I am outside running or hiking. This is the time when my thoughts all seem to come together in a way that allows me to zero in on a concept. At that point, I will rush home to my bench to try to create it.
Tell us about a challenge you’ve had to overcome and how it affects/has affected your work.
I think the biggest challenge for me has been to overcome my fears of leaving the security of my corporate job and start making jewelry. There have been plenty of times when doubt has crept in and had me questioning whether or not I had the ability to be successful as a jewelry maker. Every day I have to summon my courage to keep creating.
How did you start your company?
I had known for years that I wanted to make my living as a maker. However, I have always had a wide variety of interests and have sort of bounced from creative outlet to creative outlet. I love handmade paper, knitting/sewing and photography but I’ve always loved jewelry. Finally, I decided I’d learn about jewelry design and metalsmithing. I bought some books, took a couple of classes and experienced a lot of failure! Along the way, I realized that I had discovered a passion. I loved the tactile nature of jewelry making. I adore being at my bench sawing, hammering and playing with fire.