I’m so pleased to have the website for Seashore Design Studio nearly completed! I’m going to begin my blog here with a little bit about me and how I’ve gotten to where I am.
I’ve been a crafter as long as I can remember, and I’ve been making jewelry seriously for 10 years. I remember the first craft fair I ever attended as a vendor, sitting behind a table I was sharing with my best friend and listening to “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” play over and over on the loudspeaker as we surveyed the products we had put together just for the occasion.
A lot has changed since then. I’ve run my own jewelry business, worked for another, moved on from my first and started a second. I’ve dabbled in so many crafts it’s hard to keep count. I’ve sold at craft fairs, organized event marketplaces and helped build Handmade Long Island, an online resource for local artisan businesses.
Finally, just a few months ago, I took the next step. I went from assembling jewelry to making jewelry. Yes, I’ve done the beading, the stringing and the wrapping, but this was my first serious foray into actual fabrication. And I love it.
My first comment was that silver fusing is very much like other things I’ve done, and yet so different. It’s like chainmaille, but not. It’s like wire wrapping, but not. It’s like hot glass, but not. I had the fundamental skills, but I had to settle into this new craft. I’m somewhat amazed at how my work has changed in just a few months, from the first time I nervously lit my handheld torch until now.
It has been an incredible journey so far, filled with incredible support from my friends and customers, an amazing community of fellow artisans, and a whole mess of new jewelry for my little girl to play with! I’m so thankful for everything that has happened so far, utterly humbled by the support and enthusiasm I have received, and am so looking forward to what’s next.