The Studio

My studio is located in the guest room of our apartment and I spend many happy hours at this little desk. I love that it looks out to the large grassy/wooded area behind our apartment and that the sunlight fills the room in the mornings – the time of day when I’m usually working on jewelry. I enjoy working from home, and even though it is only a side business at the moment, I can’t until I am able to support myself part-time!

 

I do miss the company of other people when I am working though and I dream of the day when I can move my studio into a shop or gallery run by artists. This craving has been satisfied for the time being, however. Just a few weeks ago I began working at River to Sea Gallery inside Chandler’s Wharf in downtown Wilmington. My jewelry has been in the shop for over a year now and I am ecstatic to be working there part-time.

 

 

During the slow season when customers are few and far between, I work on my jewelry to the hum of the bustling old building. From inside the gallery, I can hear other artists at work, a fountain bubbling away in the atrium, creaks in the old ceiling from the offices above, the quiet echo of a relaxing playlist, and the occasional (and contagious) laugh of a certain artisan. Needless to say, I couldn’t be happier to be spending time in this charming building.

A Morning in the Studio

The shells are clean and ready to be sorted. This is always one of my favorite parts of the process. It’s very relaxing and almost meditative, although I find almost all of my jewelry work to be that way. Tommy always joins me in the office and is constantly attempting to “help”. He is also very odd and likes to knock small objects onto the floor, so he knows he’s not usually allowed on my desk. He eventually settles into a spot in the room and I’m happy to have the company while I work. Although I did not make any jewelry this morning, sorting the shells and organizing the desk will make my next day in the studio much more productive.

Metalwork

Below you will find several examples of the work I completed during my jewelry courses at Bowling Green State University. Each piece is a studio piece and was made to fulfill the specific requirements of an assignment.