There are so many parts of making jewelry that I enjoy. From the initial designing process, to the filing, soldering and finishing (and all the other tiny steps in between). But, there's something magical about making stone rings. I purchase most of my stones on my annual trip to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. And, in a way when I pull those stones out to use them it's revisiting the trip, the chat I had with the stone cutter I purchased the stone from, and why I was drawn to it in the first place. Many of my friends and clients have mentioned that the stone rings feel "magical", and I have to agree that they are. They are made with care and a deep passion for the entire process.
The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show takes over most of Tucson for 1 month a year. Vendors and shoppers come from all over the world to buy and sell every kind of stone is every form you can imagine. It's also held during the coldest time in Minnesota, so it's a perfect time of year to head south. I've attended this awesome event almost every year since 2002. When I started I was shopping for a bead store, then I was attending the show to stay on top of trends in the DIY jewelry industry, and now I am purchasing stones for my jewelry business. 3 years ago I started a new tradition of traveling to the show with my buddy, Larissa Loden. It's really fun to attend the show with another jewelry maker. We can give each other advice, toss around ideas, and chat about the jewelry industry until we're blue in the face. We had a great 3.5 days of stone hunting, delicious food, and laughing. Below is a collection of images from the trip, with no description or explanation. You can figure it out. I have faith in you! Looking forward to next year!
I've had a studio at the California Building in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District since November of 2013. When I moved back home from Los Angeles, I was so excited to become part of this vibrant community, and was thrilled that I found a studio. Getting into the artist buildings in this area is not easy to do. The studio was small, but was perfect for my return to the midwest. I loved that little studio. But, when a larger studio in the building opened up, I jumped on the opportunity to grow in square footage. The new studio is 2.5 times larger then the old space. It has a huge window, a sink, a storage loft, a display area, plenty of electrical, and tons of room for me to create!