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Aleksandra Jovanović

Name: Aleksandra Jovanovic

Website Linkhttp://ksandrajewelry.blogspot.com/

Where are you located? Niš, Serbia

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I was born in Niš, a city in south-east Serbia. Even as a child I was creative and I dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. I wanted to study art, but I never had the opportunity and so I finished Mechanical Engineering at university. I married my childhood sweetheart in high school, and we have son and daughter together. I am happy that I have wonderful family who support me.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I only started making jewelry a year ago. I like fine art, and I think that making jewelry is my favourite way to express myself.

What do you make? I make unique handmade jewelry such as rings, bracelets, earrings, hair accessories and my favorite – necklaces.

What materials and methods do you use? I use copper, silver, gemstones, my favorite material being Czech glass beads. I learnt basic techniques for making jewelry on the internet, and now I love to use them all to create a piece of jewelry. Techniques that I use are metal smithing, wire wrapping and wave.

Where do your design inspirations come from? My designs are purely from my imagination. As soon as I see the materials laid out in front of me, I create a picture in my mind of the piece I want to make.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is a corner in my flat. I feel relaxed there as I am always surrounded by the comfort of my family.

Where can your products be seen? My blog,   My Flickr,   Copper wire jewelers,   and my facebook page.

Upcoming events: In October my work will be displayed at an exhibition in a Car History Museum in Belgrade, Serbia.

Magazine articles or pressCopper Wire Jewelers Magazine – Issue 3

Price range: $5 – $150

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: My favorite pieces of jewelry are a cuff and a tie I made out of copper. I used a piercing technique and a saw blade for the first time along with hand graving, which gave the metal a texture. It was a big challenge for me, and I really enjoyed doing this set.


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Theresa Burger

Name: Theresa Burger

Website Link: www.theresaburger.com

Where are you located? Currently located in Cape Town, South Africa but am relocating to Dublin, Ireland in September of this year to begin a MA degree in Design.

Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a 25 year old South African, who grew up in Cape Town. I love life and I am fortunate enough to be able to travel regularly and delight in absorbing foreign cultures and sights. Exposure to such places and people helps with design inspiration and self awareness. The process of designing and making my own jewelry enriches my life greatly and I relish the creative process of exploring these creative energies.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry art? I began my studies in jewelry design in 2005, I enrolled in a design and manufacture degree course at Cape Peninsular University of Technology. I actually decided on studying jewelry through a recommendation from my godmother. Knowing that I was creative and wanted to explore something in a more practical line, she suggested that particular course having visiting a previous exhibition and being amazed by the standard of the students work. Once I began I was hooked, learning the skill of silver smithing is not easy and it is not something that one can just accomplish in a short space of time. Its a skill that demands practice and patience – things I had to learn and am still learning. Ultimately I was looking for the right medium for my self expression and jewelry is such a perfect vehicle for this process.

What do you make? I manufacture most types of jewelry, from rings, neck pieces, earrings and brooches. I would describe my jewelry as being contemporary individualistic items that reflect my creative drive. I enjoy the designing process and my items always begin with pencil and paper, once it gets taken to the bench and one begins fabrication, its a wonderfully rewarding artistic practice. The most important aspects to my designing is that the object is wearable and aesthetically pleasing. The meshing of these 2 elements in a design are essential to all the jewelry I design and manufacture. As far as style goes, I think that is something that needs to consistently develop and grow, I go through stages where my designs are very organic and narrative in nature and then stages where they are abstract and the designs are less literal.

What materials and methods do you use? For the last 5 years I have predominately been working in silver, I also have gold and some platinum smithing experience. My 2008-2009 graduate collection consists mainly of silver, semi-precious stones and resin. The collection revolved around my family tree and each item was inspired and designed around various family members, the tree going back 3 generations. For this particular collecting I used more traditional metal fabrication techniques, allot of hollow construction and piercing. My resin work is a big favorite of mine, I love experimenting with various ideas, I produced a collection of rings where I made the ‘stones’ from the resin in different geometric shapes, using clear resin set holding suspended gold or silver leaf. Currently for 2010 I have been working on a collection I like to call ‘AfricaRich’ – it’s almost like homage to my mother continent before I move. This body of work is more commercial, designs have been simplified for faster production. I have incorporated silver, different woods, bone, animal horn, recycled glass beads and epoxy resin to create vibrant and fun items.

Where do your design inspirations come from? There are many things that inspire me, I believe that it is imperative as a creative person, one must know what inspires you. I agree whole-heartedly with Emma (From Emma Anne Jewelry) that anything and everything has the potential to inspire us. I am very inspired by the beauty of nature but also by previous art and craft movements, a favorite being the Art Deco period. I find what other contemporary jewelers produce very inspirational, especially jewelers who work with using non-precious materials. A lot of my work also centers around autobiographical themes, deriving sources from my own personal experiences. With my current collection it is Africa that is my source of inspiration, the colors, textures and vibrancy serve as fantastic sources.What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I have set up my studio at home, in a garage type of a space. Which is not always ideal but as long as I am able to work I really don’t mind. In the future I do hope to acquire a larger studio space to be able to set up another bench. As long as it is quiet and I am able to work in peace, I am happy where ever I may work.

Where can your products be seen? My website,   My flickr

Magazine articles or press: IforOne Blog,   CarrotBox,     Mar De Color Rosa Blog

Who are you a fan of? I adore Mah Rana for her message and the way she sets out to highlight the important role of jewelry within our lives, her work is fascinating. The Australian Julia DeVille, the Dutch jeweller Jacomijn Van Der Donk, who changes the ordinary into the truly extraordinary and Cristian Dorigatti for his bold sense of aesthetic and exciting design.

Price range: $50 – $350

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: This is a silver ring and pendant from my graduate 2009 collection. I chose these pieces because I loved manufacturing them, they were fun experimental items which presented many new challenges for me as both a designer and a maker. They have come to represent a turning point for me as a designer, they signify the confidence and knowledge I gained in the final year of my degree. They contain clear resin and gold leaf and are prime examples of the fantastic aesthetic resin has to offer!

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Ivy Long—designer of Edera Jewelry

Name: Ivy Long—designer of Edera Jewelry

Website Link: http://ederajewelry.etsy.com

Where are you located? Beautiful Vermont, in the United State

What do you make? I make opulent, handcrafted lace jewelry. Many of my designs are one of a kind, and I have recently branched out into a Bridal Collection. I love creating custom pieces for brides–my specialty is designing jewelry that compliments the lace and detailing on a bride’s wedding gown.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I’m fortunate to have grown up in a creative household where all sorts of supplies were at hand, and creativity and experimentation were encouraged. My mother is a milliner and textile artist, so from a very early age I was surrounded by wonderful fabrics, laces, buttons, beads and trims, and could watch her at work. As a result, I’ve had a lifelong fascination with fiber arts and other handcrafts. In my early teens, I became particularly interested in jewelry making and apprenticed with several jewelry designers while still in high school. In my early twenties, I began crocheting delicate lace as a hobby, but quickly realized that I could combine this with my love of jewelry making, and Edera Jewelry was born.

What materials and methods do you use? My jewelry is created with an unusual fusion of lace making and jewelry techniques that I’ve refined over the years. Any given design might include crochet, tambour embroidery, sewing, hand beading, wire wrapping and stringing. Many of the lace motifs in my jewelry are drawn from my collection of lace patterns, some dating back to the 1800s. I use the finest silk and real metal threads –like those used in historic Renaissance and Rococo textiles–in my work, as well as vintage beads, semi-precious stones, gold-filled and sterling silver wire and findings.

Where do your design inspirations come from? Historical costuming, antique and vintage lace patterns and textiles, ethnic embroideries, silversmithing techniques, Renaissance, Art Nouveau and Rococo jewelry, the art of Klimt, the Pre-Raphaelites, the Glasgow School, Elizabethan portrait paintings–the list goes on! I am like a magpie, blending different eras and inspirations together. Sometimes even the stones and beads themselves suggest a design to me.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I have a sunny little studio in our house that has a slanting roof and lots of windows.

Where can your products be seen? My Etsy Shop,   My 1000Markets Shop,  My Boticca.com Shop,  My Blog

Magazine articles or press: Courtney Love’s Hotlist Atlanta Magazine StyleList.com OneWed Best Wedding Sites

Who are you a fan of? There are so many talented, independent jewelry designers out there, especially on Etsy. I’m always amazed and inspired by: Magdalena of MagdalenasAtelier.etsy.com,  Jennifer of JenniferMorrisBeads.etsy.com,  Lorianne of Plumevine.etsy.com,  Emily of EmilyGrayJewels.etsy.com,  Penny of SparrowSalvage.etsy.com, Sheela of Eccletica.etsy.com, Wendy of FussJewelry.etsy.com, Jess of RosyRevolver.etsy.com

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: One of my favorite designs right now is the Aurore Necklace. It’s the result of an experiment in creating more layered, three-dimensional effects in my jewelry. Strangely enough, I was inspired partly by translating silversmithing assemblage techniques into textile techniques. The pendant has an openwork base, which I embellished with different motifs and components, including a vintage rhinestone in a handmade cabochon setting. Instead of cutting and sawing and forging, though, the pieces are crocheted, and instead of soldered, they’re sewn in place to the base. This is perhaps one of my most opulent designs, too, in that it features quite a few AA and AAA grade stones, and is a wonderful, dramatic length that can be worn long or doubled up. I started with the large pink chalcedony focal and let it inspire me. The result is a romantic harmony of pinks and gold and crystals, which reminds me of something from a fairy tale.

Aurore Necklace


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Silke Buechler – Calypso’s Beads

Name: Silke Buechler a.k.a. Calypso’s Beads


Website Link: http://www.silkedesign.de and http://www.glasperlenreich.de

Where are you located?  Ulm, Germany

Tell us a bit about yourself: I was born and raised in the idyllic city of Ulm which is located in the South of Germany, between Stuttgart and Munich. I used to work in an advertising department of a big international company and, in addition, was occupied with media design works on freelance-basis till I became a “late”-mummy in 2007. Now, I enjoy my three years “baby-break”and after that will only work part-time so that I am able to have more time for my beloved glass beads.

mandala2When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I was caught by the bead virus in summer 2004. I saw some lampwork beads in a shop window and that same day spent hours investigating, surfing the Internet and reading all about lampwork beading. One week later, I sat at the torch by myself and tried the first beads.

What do you make? Beads of soft glass – mainly bead sets – rather seldom focals. And I almost only do beads that are wearable. Therefore, most of my beads are flat / squeezed, because I myself prefer to wear flat rather than round beads and not too big, because you want to hang them round your neck or wrist and if they are too big, they become too heavy. I love making beads with fanciful patterns so that each time you look at them, you might find something new to discover.

What materials and methods do you use? All kind of soft glass, goldstone.

Where do your design inspirations come from? From everywhere … shopping tours where I see skirts made of beautiful patterned fabric, flipping through a magazine with interesting advertising pictures, a weekend-trip to a beautiful town in springtime, walk in the park …

hommageankarmencita_450What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is in my house. I have a separate room stuffed with glass and all the accessories. My “realm of glass beads”(hope I translated this correctly..)

Where can your products be seen?  http://www.silkedesign.de or the German link http://www.glasperlenreich.de or on etsy

Upcoming events: I do not do shows – only very small ones here in the area where I live.

Magazine articles or press: Glas…Perlen…eigenArt, GER (ISBN 978-3-00-022186-6)

Who are you a fan of? There are many many bead artists that I like very much. When I started bead making, Corina Tettinger’s book “Passing The Flame” was my bible – I really love this book. Today, I adore the beads of David Sivers, Lisa Fletcher, Manuela Wutschke and Lydia Muell.

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations:  I do not really have favorite creations. Almost each time a new set is completed I am thinking “wow, I like this set so much, I will keep it for myself.”  Then the beads lie there on the table some days and when another set is finished, I decide to give the older set away. Can’t keep all those beads for me 😉 ….. The beads I am making reflect the mood I am in when sitting at the torch. Perhaps this is why I love each new set most.  There are sets that I do not forget because they meant a milestone for my work. These are certainly the sets that I did during my four month stay in Thailand .. one of those:


And this set is also rememberable for me:



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Meltem Semizoglu



Name: Meltem Semizoglu

Website Link: www.meltemsem.etsy.com

Where are you located?  Istanbul, Turkey

il_430xn_54699632Tell us a bit about yourself: After 18 years of being a lawyer I have started beading as a hobby 5 years ago and I have been trained as a traditional jeweler for the last 3 years. Right now I continue my works with silver, gold and semi precious stones. I live in Istanbul with my husband, son and my cat.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I have been interested in crafting since my childhood because my mom used to be an artist also. I have started beading as a hobby 5 years ago. I have found the escape from the stress of being a lawyer with the colorful beads. After studying with beads for about 2 years, I have realized that it wasn’t enough for me to work with ready made materials. So I started to design my own works and learned to do metal work.

What do you make? Necklace, bracelet, ring, earrings, brooch are what I have been producing right now. I also want make hairclips, barrettes and bangles out of silver and gold.

What materials and methods do you use? Silver and gold plate, wires, semi precious stones, freshwater pearls

Where do your design inspirations come from? I am inspired from nature and environment. I also impress that I read a book, watch a movie.

il_430xn_53714942What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  My studio is where my old office used to be. But inspiration might come anywhere that’s why I have my sketch book with me all the time. I sketch anything that comes up to my mind.

Where can your products be seen?  Etsy,   ArtfireBlog,   Ecrater

Who are you a fan of?   Women from any age group who is elegant, stylish , has modern and classic style.

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations:  My rose collection. It’s because it’s my favorite flower and I was impressed by a quote of the great Anatolian philosopher, mystic poet Mevlana  “You consist of thought. The rest remaining is the flesh and bone. You become rose garden if you think of rose, you become thorn patch if you think of thorn” 


Anything else you wish to add: I keep doing and learning this job I  started 4 years ago with passion. When I was create a jewelry silver or gold, stones and tools accompany me on this exciting journey. I believe that this good spirit and energy is also recorded and stored in the jewelry and in its stone. You may feel this positive energy while having the jewelry on you.  I believe that jewelry is a way to complete the dress and express a woman ideas.  I hope you  enjoy to wear my jewelry.



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Patricia Greer


Name: Patricia Greer

Website Link: www.plgreer.com

Where are you located? Winchester, VA

nk121Tell us a bit about yourself: I used to work as a computer programmer and database designer.  After being stationed abroad for 12 years and returning to the states a year ago my husband encouraged me to pursue jewelry design as a business.  So now I work from home and take care of our very spoiled dog and cat.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I began making jewelry about 4 years ago when my husband and I were stationed in Belgium.  I had a lot of time on my hands and needed an outlet.  Jewelry was it.

What do you make? Right now I make bracelets, necklaces and earrings.  I just haven’t gotten to the rings, fibulas and other things yet but they are in my future.

What materials and methods do you use? I like working with sterling silver, copper and brass.  I love the fair trade beads that I am discovering and also the unique handmade lampwork beads being made.  I am slowly trying to expand my skills and have started to study various techniques such as fold forming.  There is just so much out there to learn.  There’s always something new for me.

Where do your design inspirations come from?  I love to look through books on ethnic and tribal jewelry. I really love the ethnic styles.  I get so much inspiration from the forms, shapes, materials and even the people wearing them.  I also like forms in nature.  I have a collection of leaves and bark from my neighborhood.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I work in my home.  Right now my studio is in the basement but we have just bought a house and I already have my new space picked out so I’m very excited about that.


Where can your products be seen?  My products can be seen on my website and I have also just joined up with a very talented group of women artisans called the Eclectic Jewelry Artisans.

nk101Upcoming events: Silent auction at Widener University School of Law

Who are you a fan of? Charles Lewton-Brain, Susan Lenart Kazmer, Connie Fox

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations:  One of my favorite pieces is  a bracelet made with lots of wrapped silver and one of a kind handmade lampwork beads.  It very much reminds me of a stormy beach.  The reason I like it so much is because it was one of the first pieces I ever made and the structure of it was really outside of my comfort zone but it felt so good to do this and I really like the end result.  Now I still try to do some things that are outside the box for me.


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Jennifer Smith-Righter


Name: Jennifer Smith-Righter  

Website Link: www.wearablebydesign.etsy.com

Where are you located?  San Francisco Bay Area

Tell us a bit about yourself: I was formally educated in art and architecture in San Francisco. I’ve been working exclusively in jewelry for about 6 years, but I have a variety of interests, including history and anthropology. I’m currently in the research mode for writing a book about the cultural and historical aspects of adornment and moving that forward to modern materials and techniques.

Harley Chic

Harley Chic

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?  I took a jewelry class as an elective in College and loved it.  I went back to it as a first love.

What do you make?  One of the first pieces I made was a Tiara for my daughters wedding that converted to be worn as a necklace.

What materials and methods do you use?  I work primarily in silver metal clay, although I also incorporate traditional fabricating techniques into my work.  I also love to add a bit of sparkle by adding stones.



Where do your design inspirations come from? I love little gears and little moving parts. I love hardware stores and machines. So I’m often making jewelry that takes something mundane and shows it’s hidden beauty. I also love natural forms — twigs, blossoms, seed pods, etc. I’m very inspired by the things I see on my daily walks.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  I have a studio in my home.  My commute is a breeze!

large_oakesWhere can your products be seen?  My most current work is on my Etsy website. My other (somewhat neglected and in need of a revamp) website is where you can see my broader portfolio.

Upcoming events: Valentines Virtual Trunk Show on Etsy — January 29, 2009 at 7:00 pm EST or 4pm PST

Magazine articles or press: Art Jewelry Magazine Website    and   Art Jewelry Magazine November Issue:  Arts and Crafts Necklace

Who are you a fan of?  Charles Lewton-Brain and Alan Revere are the first two that come to mind, but there are many, many peoples work whom I admire.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: One of my favorite necklaces is “Blossoms.”  The blossoms are hand sculpted individually in Fine Silver. They are graduated in size and culminate in a unique double blossomed clasp. The largest blossom measures approximately one inch in diameter and the smallest is approximately one half an inch. The blossoms are connected from behind to create a seamless flow of petals that hug just at the base of the neck. This necklace was the Winner of the Japan Association for Leisure & Culture Development Award in 2008 for the North American Design Competition.



Anything else you wish to add?  I appreciate the opportunity to chat with you!  Thanks for including me on your website.


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A look back at our December featured artisans

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Zuda Gay


Name: Zuda Gay Pease

Website Link: clayinthehands.blogspot.com 


Where are you located? Camp Point, IL  US

Tell us a bit about yourself: My parents were very creative people who raised their children to be the same – in every aspect of our lives. They were our biggest cheerleaders and instilled in us the thought that we could be whatever we wanted. I wanted to be a wife, a mommy and an artist. I am so blessed that I have been able to be all three. I married my best friend when we were 18.  We have two beautiful daughters, two wonderful sons-in-law and seven amazing and precious grandchildren. We live in a very small town in West Central Illinois with our family nearby. Life is very good!


When did you begin designing jewelry/art? I have been playing with clay from the time I was a child. I loved playing with play dough and painting and coloring then and I still do. I have been working with polymer clay for over 12 years. I have been primarily making beads and pendants in the last four years.

dscf0027What made you choose this type of art? I love playing with clay of any type. I love polymer clay in particular for its instant gratification (a finished cured piece to gaze at in less than an hour) and the amazing things you can do with it and make it become. And of course, the color play. I love color!

What do you make? I primarily make flower pendants and beads.

il_430xn_43256291What materials and methods do you use? I use polymer clay, mainly Kato and Premo! brands.  I rarely use a color straight from the block. I mix my own colors and create blends using the Skinner Blend technique. I make mille fiore canes for my flower petals and my own techniques to create  flowers on bead bases.

Where do your design inspirations come from? All of creation! I love flowers, but have a brown thumb. So I make flowers that don’t wilt. I am inspired by other artist’s work and their use of color as well.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I need music! My studio is a room in our house, so it is available at anytime during the day or night when the urge to create hits.



Where can your products be seen?  
EtsyMy Blog, and Flickr   

Upcoming events: None at this time

Magazine articles or press:  1000 Jewelry Details and Simply Beads Magazine – August 2008

Are you a fan of any jewelry artisans?  Oh yes! Sharon Henry from Mana Moon Studio, Olivia Herbert from The Filigree Garden.


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Christina Bjenning – Esmeralda Designs


Name: Esmeralda Designs by Christina Bjenning

Website Link: http://esmeraldadesigns.com/index.htm

Where are you located? Sea Cliff, a Victorian  artisan-rich village only one square mile big without a single traffic light on the North Shore of Long Island in New York.

da bull

da bull

Tell us a bit about yourself:  “My designs like the diamonds I use are, beautiful, rough, and conflict free. In the spirit of conservation, each piece is created with eco-friendly avant garde methods. The metals are up-cycled. The fine silver recycled from photographic film. The bronze from scrap copper.”

I am a Coffee, Dusty Boot and Music loving Distractable Diminutive Metalsmith and Sculptor living with my family in an artisan village a mere square mile without a single traffic light.

My Soulful, Raw and Ethereal Eco-designs embellish rock musicians, opera singers, Oscar Wilde inspired art historians, alternate life-stylers, cowboys, tom girls, wild moms and other really wild spirits.,I design to music. I design for The Lord.

When did you begin designing jewelry/art? Sculptor and painter  sidelined by science for …ack…12 years.. I began my jewelry designs and smithwork five years ago

What made you choose this type of art? Fascination with the beauty of nature and her materials combined with a solid background in sculpture made me fascinated by metalsmith work and gemstones. Strong commitment to conservation and intrigued by new technology.

material girl

material girl

What do you make? What materials and methods do you use? My designs are made with eco-friendly avant-garde methods and up-cycled metals in order to conserve our beautiful planet. For instance, all my fine silver is recycled from photographic film and the bronze comes mainly from scrap copper.

Needless to say, my rough diamonds are conflict free and I use diamonds mined in four of the 74 countries that signed the Kimberley Process; The Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Canada and Russia. The Kimberley Process and System of Warranties is a UN mandated and monitored system. For more information visit DiamondFacts.org.

Bronze, Bronze Baby! My new line of sculpted bronze pieces, made from BRONZclay™, brand new eco-conscious technology made from recycled copper (bronze is a combination of mostly copper and a little bit of tin) and tin and binder that was shaped and hand-carved and then fired in active carbon, just like out of the ashes in Pompeji. The patina is natural and will reveal shining bronze if you polish it…very cool! My Heart collection features fine silver jewelry that speaks to your heart and my Soul Collection features soulful sculpted bronze pieces. And combinations of silver and Bronze My Spirit collection features one-of a kind high-end spiritual pieces in 14K or 22K gold with exquisite precious stones. Also, here you find my doeskin pieces. Only seven pieces are designed every third year. Previous years collections are sold out, the designs are found in National and International collections of lovely costumers in the US and abroad. Three of the latest designs are still available for purchase.

slenderest swirl ring

slenderest swirl ring

Where do your design inspirations come from? I design to Music, letting the beauty of Nature inspire me as I live by water and walk through the little streets of our village every day. I design for our Lord and cherish my Family my Friends, my rescued pets and the subtleness of poetry and scents.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I live in an old Roebuck-Sears house lovingly restored by its previous owner and we fell in love with the house in particular because of its quirky-ness and the freestanding garage up the hill that we insulated and equipped with workbenches and from its widows I can see the Connecticut Sound on the North Shore of Long Island. I dance and the metals sing in that amazing place:D

Where can your products be seen? My website,    my blog,    my Etsy store,     Indiepublic

Magazine articles or press: Del Mar Times, April 2007

Are you a fan of any jewelry artisans? Yes!  The amazing eco-metalsmith Jesse Danger and Artisan, Ironsmith János Gábor Varga of Blind Spot Jewellery and I am impressed by the work of many others.

Price range:  $35 to $3, 500


Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: Gaia is one of my favorite creations, she is a Peruvian Opal suspended from a yummy14K tasseled gold chain and her colors are like those of the Caribbean…I envision that one day…somehow I find myself in a teeny Cessna in the Caribbean archipelago and I see a constellation of atolls just like in this stone and I point and say-right there-realizing that this is now where I will spend the winters and the plane lands on one of those Islands-yummy green in the middle of amazing blue.



Anything else you wish to add? Thank you so much for choosing my designs for your interview series,  I am delighted and so honored to be featured amongst such talent.


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Irina Pertseva


Name: Irina Pertseva  

Website Link: http://blackcurrantjewelry.deviantart.com/

Where are you located?  Toronto, Canada


Tell us a bit about yourself:  I’ve grown up in St. Petersburg, Russia. All my childhood I was painting in an art studio but I never dared to go to Art College. I finished University, where I studied Geography and Cartography. I was fascinated by beauty of stones whose names we had to memorize and the tiny flowers under the microscope. Back then we learned how to draw maps and fonts by hand. When I met my husband, a professional artist, he became my art and design teacher. We lived for a few years in Germany, and several years in Czech Republic. Prague, where I lived for a while, reminds me of a jewelry collection itself. Czech people are amazing craftsmen. Now we have been living in Canada for several years. I was painting, drawing and doing other creative things all those years with exception of few dedicated totally to my children. I had personal exhibition in Germany and performed multiple commissions: paintings in my personal style, murals and copies; still life, landscape and portrait (normal size and miniature). In last years I studied decorative arts in studio in St. Petersburg and ceramics in Toronto. I’m also familiar with computer graphics (Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw, Painter) but I think that stones and metals are more endurable than sequences of 0’s and 1’s on a hard drive, and the glow of glass is more appealing to me than a computer screen.

steel_simphony_by_blackcurrantjewelryWhen and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I was experimenting a lot with wire in my childhood and even learned from science magazine how to make sophisticated chains from wire. The very first piece of jewelry I made in 2000 as a birthday present. However I started to make jewelry for sale only in 2007, when I bought a nice collection of beads and other materials on a garage sale. I borrowed books from library, learned some basics and went through many books on jewelry trying to find useful ideas. Everything was too simple and dull for me.  I tried different styles but wasn’t satisfied.  I didn’t see much contemporary jewelry then but a critical moment occurred when I saw some amazing jewelry work online done with wire wrapping. I was inspired to try wire wrapping myself. But I didn’t want to copy somebody else’s design and methods except the very basics. So I spent few weeks, trying to figure out my own ways of expression. It looks like I’ve succeeded.

What do you make? My desire to create a miniature sculpture dictates my choice: mostly necklaces and pendants – they give me more freedom of expression, but I would like to try bracelets and earrings sometime too.

What materials and methods do you use? I work with kinds of beads, gemstones and glass stones, fresh water pearls, Swarovsky crystals, non-tarnished silver, gunmetal, copper, bronze and brass wire and acrylic coated wire made of stainless steel or copper. I learned basic wire wrapping techniques from the internet and I also invented my own, probably one of a kind techniques. My grandmother taught me how to sew, knit, and needlepoint and in my wirework I use those techniques too.  Usually I make plenty of fast sketches, and then choose very best of them and work on them more painstakingly. Each morning I go through my drawings to find out which one appeals to me most today. Then I choose color combination and materials. But real pieces look very different from the sketch and many nice ideas don’t work in a particular material. I’m always ready to return to last successful point in my work and redo all over again.  However the pure esthetical idea is so strong sometimes that it dictates shape, materials and everything. In that case it’s less likely that I will redo anything in my work because I move forward more intuitively and make decisions on the way. I love wire wrapping because it gives freedom to try any new idea immediately and for the possibility for making significant changes even in a completed piece if I don’t like something in my design. I have changed my first wire wrapping piece four times and I was proud when it was accepted together with other finest pieces to a jewelry store. Fortunately I got more experienced with my methods and I don’t have to change my pieces that much any more.  When design is finished I put my piece on display and look on it for hours, sometimes for days and check my work not only from esthetical but also from engineering point of view. Even my most sophisticated pieces should sit comfortably and nicely, not only on still mannequin but on live and moving person, they should survive reasonable amount of pressure and stretch, occasional fall, sometimes careless storage, transportation and few minutes in a small child’s hands.

dream_by_blackcurrantjewelryWhere do your design inspirations come from?  My biggest inspiration comes from beauty of nature itself. But we need a material language to express our feelings. Some childhood experiences made a lasting impression on me. My mother has very nice Czech jewelry (brass and enamel with miniature paintings on it). My uncle was an archeologist and I, as a child, saw his catalogue of golden objects found in Scythian burial mounds. Also in my childhood I visited amazing exhibition of treasures from Tutankhamun tomb. And all those impressions influenced my taste. I love medieval paintings, The Fauves, Vermeer, Grunewald, Max Ernst, Alfonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, and Micheal Pacher. Pollock has also influenced me a lot, as well our best friends – painters inspired by him too. Art Nouveau drawings give me a lot of inspiration even more than art nouveau jewelry itself. I love work of Kandinsky and very little known in western world but amazing russian painter Filonov. My husband is my permanent source of inspiration – he sets sort of standard, particular level for me. He taught me to look critically on my work. But the last push of inspiration to start a wire wrapping I get from jewelry I saw from artists on the Deviant Art website.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I work in silence of my home when the kids are in school. We always combined studio and living space at home and priority is usually given to the studio. Fortunately wire wrapping is not as messy as ceramics for example.

Price range: $20-200

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:  “Elegance” That piece was created without any sketch, on pure inspiration. It combines my admiration for a beauty of floral forms, stone textures and the shine of silver.



Anything else you wish to add? I’m grateful for existence of websites such as World Artisan Gems and Deviant Art. I’m really cut off from the outer world now and they give me so much needed information, inspiration, encouragement and contact with other artists. And thank you very much for choosing me for an interview.


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Rose Moore – Clearlight Jewelry

Name: Rose Moore  – Clearlight Jewelry

Website Link: www.clearlightjewelry.com

Where are you located? San Francisco, CA

Red Hyacinth

Red Hyacinth

Bio: A FAMILY OF ARTISTS  Joso Vidal and Rose Moore, husband and wife, along with their son Owan Stenzel hand paint each of these uniquely designed natural shell pendants and earrings. They are drawn to the natural light embodied in each shell and strive to create beautiful works of art for your wearing pleasure. Each artist has their “signature” designs, their own exclusive creations. Here you will find Joso’s sunsets and Gaudi inspired abstracts, Rose’s flowers, floral abstracts and landscape designs as well as Owan’s intricate raindrop patterns. At the end of the description of each hand painted shell on the website you will find the artist’s initials, JV (Joso Vidal), RM (Rose Moore) and OS (Owan Stenzel) identifying their individual works of art. Accomplished artists in both music and fine art painting, check out Rose and Joso’s individual websites for additional information: Joso Vidal and Rose Moore

Sea Fronds

Sea Fronds

Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a singer songwriter and a painter.  I paint one of a kind natural shell pendants and earrings.

When did you start designing jewelry/art? 2005

What do you make? Hand painted one of a kind natural shell jewelry (pendants and earrings)

What materials and methods do you use? All natural mother of pearl pendants and earrings, special formula paint that creates permanent small works of wearable art.

Purple Columbine

Purple Columbine

Where do your design inspirations come from? Nature, I paint landscapes, moons, sunsets, flowers, floral abstracts

Where can your products be seen? Clearlight Jewelry and on Etsy

Upcoming events:
San Francisco Gift Market Oct 10-12, San Francisco
San Mateo Harvest Festival, San Mateo, California

Who are you a fan of? Georgia O’Keefe

Sunset Harbor

Sunset Harbor

Price range: $22-$55

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: I specialize in floral designs.  One of my favorite pieces is a peony I created in fall colors instead of the usual pinks and fuschias.

Thank you for allowing us to interview you and learn more of these beautiful tiny works of art and of your talented family!

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Ben Orron – Organic Mechanics

Name: Ben Orron

Website Link: www.organic-mechanics.com

Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m 23 years old and just moved to Longmont, CO.  I went to the University of Vermont, where I studied Environmental Science, Plant and Soil Science, and Community Development in addition to studio art. 

When did you start designing jewelry/art?  I started designing jewelry in December 2005.

What do you make?  I make wire-wrapped pendants, rings, earrings, bracelets, and other more unusual pieces of jewelry such as a recently made, collaborative four-finger ring.  I also plan on incorporating more traditional/soldering techniques into my work in the coming months.

What materials and methods do you use?  I use sterling, fine, and Argentium silver wire and 18k yellow, green and rose gold wire from 30-14 gauge.  My stones are all untreated, precious and semi-precious crystals and cut gemstones.  The vast majority of my work is done by wire wrapping with no use of heat or solder.  For tools, I occasionally use a vice, but mostly work with my hands or a pair of pliers.

Where do your design inspirations come from?  A lot of my inspiration comes from my materials themselves, that is, the stones and wire.  I try to design my pieces to best display the crystals in the piece, so my designs are a reflection of my interpretation of the stones’ colors, shapes, textures, and energies.  I enjoy melding the rigidity of the crystals paired with the fluidity of the wire to create a flowing, yet precise finished piece.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  I actually do a lot of work on the road, or on the couch in my living room, but I am very excited about putting together my first real studio space in the next few weeks at my new house in the garage that will be equipped for silver and goldsmithing.  I like to be in a calm, focused environment with little distraction, and good music is always needed.

Where can your products be seen?  www.organic-mechanics.com

I also show my work at many arts and music festivals such as Rothbury, Allgood, Camp Bisco, and others.

Upcoming events:  My next events are Sound Tribe Sector 9 at Red Rocks, CO on September 8-9, the Rocky Mountain Crystallization Festival in Denver on September 12-13, and the Tuscon Gem and Jam in January.

Who are you a fan of?  I am a big fan of sculpture Anish Kapoor, painters Alex Gray, Rhett Johnson, Kris D, and the jewelry of Ser, Tyler Kahn, John Ebert, and many others.

Price range: $40-$2500

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:

One of my favorite pieces is my first collaborative piece of art.  John Ebert and myself made a four-finger ring this August that is truly unlike anything else I’ve and is something I’d wanted to create for a long time.  This piece has fourteen different crystals and faceted gems and is wrapped in sterling, fine, and Argentium silver.  There are around 100 hours of work in the piece and it is just the first of a series of future collaborative efforts between John and I.

bumby knuckles

bumpy knuckles

Very beautiful and unique ways to enjoy the beauty of gemstones. Thank you for this interview.

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Julia Bristow Jewelry

Where are you located? Northern California near Bass Lake and Yosemite National Park

Julia Bristow Seashell Brooch

Tell us a bit about yourself?

My Bio: Julia Bristow Jewelry is unique and elegant, hand-crafted, nature-inspired, one-of-a-kind wearable art jewelry. Each piece is designer-signed with engraved tag. Every piece of jewelry is hand-crafted by artisan/designer Julia Bristow. All jewelry pieces are hand wired or woven and meticulously pieced together using a variety of high-quality semi-precious gemstone beads, beautiful sparkling Swarovski crystals, Czech glass flowers, fruit, leaves, etc., and various pearls, shell, clay and wooden beads. The jewelry designs are inspired by my love of nature and every attempt is made to incorporate that beauty directly into each piece created.

"Ultimate charm bracelets"

When did you start creating your jewelry/art?

I originally began collecting vintage/antique costume jewelry because I found it appealed to the little girl in me to collect these sparkling rhinestone treasures and place them in a jewelry box, as they were pretty and fun to look at. I eventually realized I was more drawn to the signed, hand-wired and woven pieces with intricate designs which clearly demonstrated the detailed workmanship of these various artisans. My sister gave me some beads, findings and tools to make my first beaded bracelet. I had my own ideas after looking at all of my collected vintage pieces and with that new-found knowledge of how to go about it, I was on my way to realizing my new passion/hobby/career. I went on to teach myself various techniques which would enable me to create exactly the designs I envisioned.

Julia Bristow beaded guitar strap

What exactly do you create? I make one-of-a-kind, beaded, handcrafted, signed, wearable-art jewelry, loom-beaded guitar straps and belts, healing gemstone and fertility jewelry and keychains, vintage-style fruit jewelry, handwired brooches, etc. Vintage style fruit and flower jewelry; surf, beach and nature-loving casual wear; healing and fertility gemstone jewelry; hand-beaded guitar straps and belts; children’s jewelry; eyeglass holders, and whatever else I can think of.

What materials and methods do you use? I use quality semi-precious gemstones, pearls, Swarovski crystals, shells, MOP, ceramic, and Czech glass beads. Occasionally, I will find beautifully-designed polymer clay beads as well.

Julia Bristow purple robe locust necklace
Julia Bristow purple robe locust necklace & earrings

Where do your design inspirations come from? All of my designs are inspired by nature – ocean, sand, forest, trees, flowers, rocks, water and sky. Every piece of jewelry I make is inspired by one aspect of nature or another. I always have some type of plant, flower, tree or scene of nature in my mind that I am trying to recreate in a piece of jewelry. Semi-precious gemstone beads, shell, and wood beads are my favorite beads to work with because they come directly from the rocks of the earth. I enjoy the beauty and feel of each individual bead as no two gemstone beads are exactly alike. I admit my designs are based more on an artistic idea rather than any type of fashion trend. The beauty and colors of the beads themselves also inspire me.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I like to always be around my family/kids so I prefer to work right in the main living area. I have my “studio” workspace there so I can enjoy my family as I am working. As long as I am by a window with plenty of light, I am quite content.

Where can your products be seen? I decided to develop and manage my personal web site in order to display my jewelry and offer it for sale when I started to run out of room for all of the pieces I was making. I am also a participating designer at various sample sales and events, which are listed on my blog where you can subscribe via email for automatic updates of events and newly added items.  My Etsy Shop.       Become a Fan on Facebook.

I am also listed on several indie artist websites including Indiepublic, FashionIndie, Fashion.org, SPJ, and so many others.

Nature's Presence Collection

Upcoming events:

Harvest Festival Original Arts and Crafts Show at Ventura Seaside Park, Ventura, California October 3-5, 2008.

10th Annual Bass Lake Holiday Crafts Fair & Tree Lighting Celebration, November 28-30, 2008, beautiful Bass Lake, California

I participate annually at the Ventura Holiday Street Festival (booth 221), Downtown Main Street, Ventura, California (this year on December 7, 2008)

Pasadena Bead and Design Show January 15-18, 2009, Pasadena, California

I also participate annually in the Ventura 4th of July Street Festival (booth 221), July 4th, Downtown Main Street, Ventura, California

Magazine articles or press: I have been featured in articles on various fashion websites including: Shefinds.com, LA-Story, Styledash, Fashion156.com, Red Carpet Threads, Beading Daily and The Glamorous Bee. Julia has also recently been mentioned on Stylebakery.com‘s “Daily Scoop” and OK Weekly.

Who are you a fan of? I am very much inspired by jewelry designed by Miriam Haskell. I am a fan of several glass bead artists, including Harold Cooney, Anastasia, and Molly Cooley (who was actually interviewed on this site!) and many others.

Julia Bristow Fruit Necklace

Julia Bristow Fruit Necklace

Price range: $10-359.00

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: I don’t really have a favorite creation, as each piece of jewelry I make is special to me for one reason or another. I did recently released a very limited edition jewelry collection called Nature’s Presence which is a small collection of one-of-a-kind nature-inspired pieces using beautiful hand blown glass centerpiece beads made by Harold W. Cooney, which I found to be very beautiful and unique. The advertisement for the collection can be seen on this YouTube video:
Anything else you wish to add? I enjoy connecting with other jewelry designers/enthusiasts. You can add me as a friend on Myspace or you can help support my site by becoming a “fan” of my Facebook page. I appreciate the friendships and all of the nice comments received on these sites. I am also a contributor to Designers4Africa and I encourage others to become involved.

Julia Bristow bib necklace

Thank you Julia for the informative interview and we can’t wait to see what you will create next!


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