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20 Years in the Making

Take a journey with me...back in time... 20 years ago when this all started! In 2000 I got a job at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery. I met my mentor, Celie Fago and fell in love with a new material called Precious Metal Clay. PMC is made up of fine silver particles, binder and water. You work it like a clay, once fired in a kiln, you're left with pure silver. Pure alchemy! 

Live in Apprentice

In 2001 I graduated from UVM with a BA in Art and English. I moved to Celie's to be a live-in jewelry apprentice. I accompanied Celie on her teaching trips around the country and abroad.

Finding My Voice

For the first few years as an apprentice I absorbed all the techniques I could. I spent a lot of time at my desk exploring this new material and building my skills. PMC was so textural, I made a lot of leaf rings! 

Winner Winner

I had a great love for and fascination with primitive jewelry artifacts. I made this piece entitled "Journey Necklace" and it won 2nd place in the first National PMC Exhibit. 

Wrote my first Jewelry Magazine Project Article

Celie wrote a lot of project articles for jewelry magazines and suggested I write some as well. As pioneers in Precious Metal Clay we had a lot of exciting discoveries to share. My first article was on firing stones in place.

Got a Booth at The Burlington Artist Market

This was a life changing step! I can't believe I've been doing the market for 15 years. I loved setting up with fellow artists in City Hall Park. Having the direct feedback from customers week after week helped shape my line. 

Featured in the book "PMC Decade"

To celebrate 10 years of PMC, Tim McCreight (Master Metalismith who brought PMC from Japan to the States) invited artists from around the globe to show their best work. Four of my pieces were chosen, including my Textured Turquoise Necklace.

I Wrote A Chapter for a PMC Book!

I had the huge honor of being invited to write a chapter on setting stones in PMC for Tim McCreight's book PMC Technic. 

A Big Year...

A lot happened this year, it was very exciting! I opened up my Etsy shop and began selling online. I became a juried artist at Frog Hollow. I was interviewed for the Burlington Free Press. I received my first of 5 Seven Daysies (Best Craftsperson in VT!) I wrote another article on setting stones using a textured bezel for Jewelry Artist magazine. Along with Celie, I got to be one of the first people working in Bronze Clay and was featured in a jewelry magazine article called "Now entering the Bronze Age". I also met the love of my life!

Got the Cover of a Book!

I wanted to try my hand at something completely different! I spent some time making silk and leather earrings that were stitched to a sterling wrapped frame. I submitted a project to a fabric jewelry book and they not only choose my work for the book but put it on the cover! It's a Lark book called "Stitched Jewels" by Marthe Le Van.

Moving

I moved in with my guy and set up my first studio space in the basement, in our bedroom, in the office... all over the house... It was hard to leave Celie's but after 9 amazing years of helping her with her classes and traveling and finding myself as an artist, it was time. I would miss this view but visit often. The silver market was way high and I cashed in on years and years of scrap silver and was able to buy my own kiln and tools.

Cover Girl

This was very exciting! Metal Clay Magazine interviewed my about my work and put my necklace on the cover! Another jewelry magazine interviewed Celie and I for an article called "The Many Faces of the Modern Apprenticeship".

Chakra Kahn

I started making my chakra, healing pendants. Each one has specific stones that correspond to the symbol. The idea is that they help remind you of which chakra to balance. I ran a successful Kickstarter for my chakra wraps in 2013 to produce a line of them for yoga studios. These make great gifts and they're still part of my line. I just designed a new necklace version.

Stowe Craft Gallery

At this time I could barely keep up with the Artist Market, Etsy and selling at one store in town, Trinket. When Stowe Craft Gallery inquired about selling my work I couldn't pass it up. You can still find my work there. I also got married in the Fall!

Getting into Stores

I fully turned my focus on wholesaling and getting into as many shops as I could. I got into 17, most of them were in Vermont but also snagged some around the country.

First Wholesale Trade Show

This was a big year of growth too. I rented a small studio to work and attended my first wholesale trade show - went right for the biggest one of them all! NY Now at the Javits Center in NYC. To afford to do so I created an entire line of necklaces called Modern Relics and did a pre-order for them through another successful Kickstarter.

Burlington Boho

After a crazy busy 2015 I just wanted to connect more with other badass Burlington babes so I started a blog which then became a magazine. We printed one issue. It was a wonderful side project but I decided to refocus on my biz... on making jewelry... cause we had a baby on the way! 

Baby Makes 3

I moved my studio back home and focused on our little guy and maintaining my biz... but it just kept growing! 

Created a Collection for Stella Mae Boutique

It was so much fun to work on a collection that was a bit bigger, bolder and more badass than anything I'd made. These pieces are also for sale in my shop and they're as popular today as when I made them! I also created some custom pieces for Phish Dry Goods. By 2018 my work was in 50 shops and I had hit 5000 Etsy Sales. At the end of 2018 I got a small studio in the Soda Plant, it was so good to be out in the world again! 

New Showroom and Production Studio

Last year was HUGE! I finally took a big step and moved next door to a big 4 room studio! I love this space and my team so much. You can read all about it HERE.

2020 Vision

So crazy that I'll be hitting my 20th anniversary soon! Not sure what this year will bring but so far my team and I are focusing more on selling in store and online, hence this brand spankin' new website! Hope you like it and hope you've enjoyed reading a bit about my journey! 

Every Sale Plants a Tree

I've donated over $1000 to Onetreeplanted.org since last September! 

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