The Meaning of Stones

I am a funny mix of being very skeptical of woo-woo ideas and simultaneously open to trying anything. This tension was very apparent for me when I started using more gemstones There’s a whole world explaining the meaning and healing attributes of all kinds of gems and minerals. I used to work for a company that would sell gemstone malas and advertise the healing benefits, like less fear or more love in one’s life. And sometimes I…

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Blessingway

A dear friend of mine is having her baby shower/blessing way  in just a few weeks. The instructions on the invitation are to make a bead for her to add to her birth necklace. The idea is for her to feel loved and comforted by her friends even when we’re not around during her pregnancy and labor.  As you can imagine, I think this tradition is the greatest and can’t wait to make the best, most…

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Getting Better

In February I fulfilled a dream of mine to exhibit at the American Craft Council show in Baltimore. When I was a kid, my mom and I would travel three hours to go shopping at that show.  Both of us got so much joy from seeing beautiful crafted objects we had never seen before (and as a traveling craftsperson, my mom has seen a lot of beautiful objects.) I told myself that when I was…

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Seeing Old Friends

I finished my last art fair of the year a few weeks ago in Savannah Georgia. It is one of my favorite shows of the year, partly because I get to mingle with all the eccentric locals, each with their unique fashion style. The older women in particular are not afraid to stand out like rare birds with huge necklaces and fur coats. The women are a lot like Savannah itself, bizarre and sophisticated at the…

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World of Gems

I went to the gem show with Erin a few weeks ago. It was way more incredible than I thought it would be. I got so excited about all the beautiful faceted stones, particularly the subtle rosecut ones that feel gentle and friendly to me. I’ve been wondering for years where people find the more organic-shaped unique stones. I never thought of going to the gem show because gem show professionals told me the one…

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Venturing into the world of Rings

I don’t know exactly why it’s taken me so long to come around to making rings. Possibly because they are the most personal of all jewelry pieces. We wear them to signify such meaningful events in our lives-graduations or marriage. And unlike necklaces or earrings, you look at your ring all day while you wear it. It’s constantly reminding you of it’s existence.  I think it felt like too much responsibility when I considered making rings before.…

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Doodling bravely

Ever since high school I have kept a sketch book. It is like a journal for me. It is wonderful to make things just for myself, that I have no intention of showing anyone else. Because of that freedom, I usually end up coming up with ideas that feel more personal and authentic than anything else I make. I am trying to close that gap a little bit lately and be more brave about making…

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Cities and Mountains

I just got home yesterday from a week-long steel braising workshop with the incredibly talented Kim Cridler at Penland School of Crafts. It was such an amazing experience to be part of this monastery devoted to human hands. I cried many times because I was so happy to see the beautiful things people were making. It was particularly wonderful for me to go right after my first show at NY NOW. I got to go…

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Hexagons

I am hard at work doing my most favorite thing, designing new collections. I am still percolating through the inspirations I got from my trip to Iceland last summer. One of the new collections is  based on hexagons, which are a  current obsession of mine. Many cliffs on the coast  in Iceland are huge basalt formations, which are crystallized lava shaped in incredible hexagon patterns. Afterwards, I started noticing hexagons everywhere and I think they are…

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Balancing Act

I read an interesting article today about how to keep the flames burning for your passions in life. You can read the whole article here. It was so funny that most of the advice was to reach out and do things not immediately related to your passion.  Like gardening or meditating, or spending time with friends. How counterintuitive! One would think that the way to keep being passionate about your goals and interests is to…

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