What is your real life like?
I'm married, have lots of grown children and a funny fur baby named Gizmo (He's a Shih-Tzu). I'm pretty passionate about my jewelry and so I spend most of my time creating.
What is your process?
I work mostly in Metal Clay. I love the fact that it is reclaimed silver and has a green aspect to it. I also can use every single scrap of it with very little waste. I prefer to work in Lab Created stones so that I know I am not funding questionable activities in third world countries. But I also work with semi-precious stones whose provenance I know well.
One of the reasons I'm so in love with metal clay is that I can do so many things with it using very little space or equipment.
Business Goals and Vision...
I hope to have my work in galleries after the first of the year. I would love to always be a hands on creator and therefore would love to be able to keep the pace steady at a few finished pieces per week.
How do you market your business?
Mostly on Etsy: www.wearablebydesign.etsy.com
I also have a Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30172497@N02/
I belong to two Etsy teams, JET Team and EMC Team
Do you subscribe to any business related blogs, zines or magazines?
I am a member of the Yahoo Metal Clay Group
Yahoo Etsy Metal Clay Group
I am a sometimes writer of articles for Art Jewelry Magazine -- I have a subscriber only tutorial on their website entitled "Time Machine" and am in the current (November) issue with an article entitled "Arts and Crafts". Their website is: http://www.artjewelrymag.com/art/Default.aspx
I am a member of the Jewelry Artists Network
The Starving Jewelry Artists Forum
I am a member of the PMC Guild: http://www.pmcguild.com/
And the Art Clay Society: http://www.artclaysociety.com/
What inspires you?
I am intensely fascinated with things that humans create -- mechanical devices, architecture, etc. I am equally intrigued with what nature creates -- buds, blossoms, pods, etc. I vacillate between the two worlds when I am creating things.
What are two of your favorite things from your shop?
Chain Reactionand Blossoms (pictured above)
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