Two pre-school kids, full time job as the family breadwinner, husband building a new career…I must have been crazy for adding artist entrepreneur to the list.
Creating, whether it be a piece of jewelry or a website, helps center my mind and focus, calming the mundane thoughts and concerns that constantly run through my head. I picked up making jewelry as a way to get some “Me” time.
After dabbling in wire for a couple of months at the end of 2010, I met my first metal clay teacher, and soon to be close friend, Maren. February 2011 was my first class and my Ah-hah moment in Metal Clay! Of course I made a piece based on my two little squirts (in copper). That evolved into my first silver piece – a photo pendant (great minds think alike erin ).
I love the metal clay because it engages my engineering brain in the constructive process, because of its tactile nature, and because it can be forgiving. Being able to roll it up in a ball and have another go if a piece isn’t working helps!
Making this adventure a business gives me a good excuse to not just put things off like I tend to with anything that doesn’t have a deadline. Plus, I actually like the ‘administrivial’ tasks of running a business! (I’m the crazy person that tracks my personal finances in an excel ‘checkbook’ and have it estimated out 6 months in advance). The other half of my business I’m working to build is creating websites, but that’s a story for another day.
When I can’t get into the studio I love reading about metal clay (and jewelry making, technology, green building, website development, photography – you should see my blog list!). I love to collect, apply and share information. Oh – and I also love my tech toys (my newest being my Asus Infinity tablet).
I create when I can, and I dream and prepare for the day when I can spend more time with art and my business. Until then, I’ll enjoy my family as time will certainly pass too quickly!