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Valentine's Day Giveaway

Valentine's Day Giveaway
Whether you have a sweetheart, friend or family member you want to surprise this Valentine’s Day, or whether you simply want to give yourself a gift for being uniquely awesome, here’s a chance to win a pair of handmade mixed metal earrings. (Materials: Brass, copper, and niobium hypoallergenic ear wires.) Continue reading

Sparkle and Rust: Copper Fire Meets Scrappalachian Metal Work

Sparkle and Rust: Copper Fire Meets Scrappalachian Metal Work
When I first started making jewelry six years ago, I loved the sound of my hammer on the anvil so much that I designed my logo around it. Recently, fellow metalsmith and jewelry artist Amber Crouse gifted me a sculpture by Greg Tune of Scrappalachian Metal Work Continue reading

Home Sweet Studio

Home Sweet Studio
Back in 2012, when I was a floundering freelance writer (the first time around), I did a story about regional arts and craft schools for Smoky Mountain Living. In it, I included Studio 212 as an example of how smaller community art spaces fit into the bigger picture of arts in the region. Continue reading

A Happy Coincidence or a Happy Miracle? How Two Creatives Got Connected Through Synchronicty

A Happy Coincidence or a Happy Miracle? How Two Creatives Got Connected Through Synchronicty
While I was radio silent for much of 2017, I was working behind the scenes with Angie, a sweet customer-turned-client and co-owner of Coop Decor, to develop a product line for her business. One day, after working together for several months, she told me the significance of the design she commissioned. When she said it represents 11:11, which she sees on the clock all the time and which has taken on personal significance to her, I was taken aback. I, too, see 11:11 on the clock, so much so that it has become a personal symbol for me as well. So much so, that I launched my jewelry business at 11:11 one Saturday in October 2016. Continue reading