I talk about my jewelry studio a lot because it’s a very big part of my life. It is such a great environment not only for making jewelry, but for discussing the business of selling it as well. In addition, these women are my friends and there is a feeling of camaraderie and support that is very valuable to me.
Here we are, hard at work:
Even though I have most of this equipment at home, there are certain things, like the rolling mill, that I can’t install in my condo. I also have access to a proper torch, which allows me to solder heavy things that a butane torch simply can’t handle:
My teacher has hung photos of our work on the walls of the studio which is a constant inspiration. I’m proud of my work, but frankly, it can’t touch some of the pieces made by his other students. Simply stunning.
I think the best part of all of this, however, and what keeps me coming back, is that the type of jewelry making we’re doing is an ancient art. The techniques we use have been used for thousands of years–when I go to museums and see jewelry, say, from ancient Egypt, I can look at it and see exactly how it was made and see techniques that I use in my own jewelry. From tiny lumps of 24k gold or fine silver, we make the most lovely things, completely by hand.
Sometimes jewelry seems a very superficial thing to me, but I absolutely love the process of making it. I am smitten.