handmade jewelry & metalsmithing

The Studio

My studio in Knoxville is a former woodworking studio, which means it has awesome ventilation hoods to keep all the smoke and chemical fumes away. However, the main bonus is that it is owned by my friend Cara Cox Jordan, a friend from the Appalachian Center for Craft, who will soon be adding a glassworking studio to the rest of the space. That is, after she gives birth to the little baby boy that is due in a couple weeks! I can’t wait to meet the little guy, and having his mom around to work with in the studio will be so much fun, glass and metal go together really well-they both are just loud ways to play with fire.

Plus a lot of other steps and boom, Light Bulb Pendant. It’s sterling silver with a Mokume Gane moth that’s attached by a rivet, so it can be moved around. I have a thing for jewelry with kinetic elements. I like to play around and fidget with jewelry. I think that comes from Sweet Secrets toy jewelry in the 1980’s-it was like Transformers for girls. They were big plastic gemstone jewelry that would fold transform into little dolls and animals. Apparently there is a niche called “executive jewelry,” consisting of high end jewelry that has motion or aspects that allow you to play around during boring meetings. When I learned about that in school, I made my senior thesis show about toy jewelry. Check out the collection here.

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