Qween City is thrilled to be highlighting the city & region’s myriad artisan makers this holiday season. If you would like to be highlighted in the Craftiste directory, please shoot an email to email@example.com.
How long have you been an artisan & business owner in Buffalo?
Where are you located in the city / region?
I live in North Buffalo in the Parkside community.
Do you have a physical storefront?
I have no physical storefront but some of my jewelry is being carried at Parables and Gifts Gallery on Elmwood.
Please describe your work / product; if applicable, please include your artist / personal statement or mission.
I make jewelry out of wire and stone which includes gemstones, beach/sea glass, hand-blown glass, and beads/stones of all types. I use mainly copper core wire and sterling silver wire in my designs. My goal is to create pieces that invite people to look at all the possible stories of the object and to choose the one that resonates with them.
All my jewelry is hand-fabricated resulting in original, one-of-a-kind pieces. Because each stone is unique and it is handcrafted, even if the design is similar, each necklace, set of earrings, or bracelet is different. I love using wire in my designs because it can be shaped, textured, and wrapped in patterns that allow it to complement a stone’s presentation or stand alone to tell a story. My wire creations grew out of my many years as a fiber artist/quilter. When I work with wire and stone, I am reminded that simple elements can be combined into lovely patterns and designs; wire and stone allow me to share those stories on a much smaller scale.
I handmake all of the chains for my necklaces and bracelets. I consider the chains an integral part of the design that needs to match and reflect the uniqueness of the focal stone; the pattern of the links in the chain can also tell a story even if no stone or bead is present.
I invite my customers to respond to the focal stone, glass, or bead elements of my jewelry designs along with the shapes and patterns of the wire to choose the perfect necklace, earrings, or bracelet for themselves or as a gift for a special person.
Who are some of your favorite artisans / makers in the region?
Two of my favorite artisans in the area are : Pam Harris — Captured by the Moment. She makes incredible handmade books.
Parker Pascua — She designs and makes spectacular beaded jewelry.
Where will you be representing your wares this holiday season?
This season in addition to Buffalo Women’s Gifts, I will be at Williamsville PTA show at Heim School Dec 2 & 3; Flying Bison Brewery Holiday Bazaar Dec. 9, and Niagara Falls Convention Center Dec. 16.
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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email or at this number: 716-374-1750.