Monthly Archives: November 2009


Today I worked from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the studio- had a thirty minute lunch break, but other than that, it was solid work time. It felt so good to be able to just sit at my bench and make things for hours at a time. By the end of the day, I had finished loads of pieces that are ready to be put together into jewellery (though ideally I’d like to have one more day like this one where I make loads more components before I start on my large-scale jewellery pieces).

Another short entry tonight, because it’s late, I’ve worked long hours, and I’m planning on doing the same tomorrow. Time for some much-needed sleep.


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It’s been a few days since I updated, and sadly I have little interesting to report because I’ve been ill.

It started with an after-dark walk home in cold, torrential rain (I guess that’s what I signed up for when I moved to Britain, eh?)… the next day I felt less than okay, and the day after that I started feeling quite faint. I spent the weekend in bed, doing very little. I did eat a lot of soup, which was nice, and I watched some films and finished my book, which were also nice things.

I’m gradually getting more and more active again, and I’m really looking forward to getting back to working on my projects.

In other news, I bought my plane ticket back to the States for Christmas. I wasn’t sure whether I’d be going back or not, but now that the ticket is booked, I’m looking forward to going back. It’s going to be crazy to hear American accents everywhere again.

Sorry for the short, not overly interesting update. Soon I’ll stop being sick and go back to doing things that are worth writing about… stay tuned!

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After a few years of having friends tell me to get an Etsy account, I’ve finally caved.

Even though the statement above makes it sound like I had to be dragged kicking and screaming to Etsy, this really isn’t the case at all. Before deciding to put my work on Etsy, I spent 3 months looking around the site, browsing peoples’ work, seeing how people ran their Etsy stores, and making up my mind about whether it was the best option for me or not. I’ve had my own website for about 5 years now, and for several years my website has been exclusively for selling jewelry that I made. Earlier this year, I chose to turn my website into a more academically and professionally based site, so since January of this year I haven’t been selling jewelry online. I’ve chosen to start selling jewelry on Etsy because I like the way the site conducts it’s business, and I’m really excited about getting my jewelry work back out there!

I’ve still got quite a bit of jewelry work to put in the store- when I have everything up on Etsy, there will be jewelry for all price ranges: from $15 (£10) to $350 (£220). I’m also going to see about adding an Etsy sidebar to this blog, so when I put new pieces up in the store it will show up on here.

Please go check the site out, and check back often, as I’ll be adding a lot more pieces over the next few weeks! If you’re on Etsy, leave a comment with a link to your site so I can get to know other makers on there!

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New Beginnings

I’ve had a lot of life changes lately.

Two months ago I was in Barnesville, Georgia, USA- not sure whether I would be taking a job in Macon, Georgia at a jewelry store or whether I would be moving to Birmingham, England to start a masters course in Jewelry and Silversmithing.

Two months down the road, I’m in England.

Graduate school has gotten off to a good start. With a population of 1 million, Birmingham is by far the largest city I’ve ever lived in, and adjusting to living in a new country and a large city has taken a bit of time, but I’m learning my way around and am really enjoying my new life. Birmingham city has a whole section of town called the Jewellery Quarter- housing shops relating to every aspect of the jewelry trade: from jeweler’s tool suppliers to engagement ring shops, to groups of jewelry artists working together to make one-of-a-kind pieces to sell. The university where I am getting my Masters in Jewellery and Silversmithing is located in the Jewellery Quarter, and it’s amazing to be a part of this community.

Classes started about 6 weeks ago. Before we arrived we were given a “Summer Project” to do- our assignment was to create a series of objects out of any material, and to be ready to present our objects to the class upon arrival. For this first project, I chose to use crayons to make rings that would color and draw. Here are a few photos of them:

Our first official grad school project was to explore yet another material and see what we could do with it and how we could develop it and use it in future work. I’ve chosen to use Plaster of Paris as my material, and I made this necklace and earrings with the plaster, using imprints of other pieces of jewelry as the images on the pieces:

More project photos can be found on my website, at

That’s all for tonight. This is only the beginning- there will be posts about the projects I’m working on, the things I’m learning, and there will very likely be amusing stories to relate- through the eyes of an American living in England. More soon :)

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