As a jewelry artist, I make jewelry that reflects the joy and awe I experience observing nature and classic patterns around me. I'm inspired by trees changing with the seasons, the brilliant, varied colors of birds and butterflies, the energy of wind and ocean waves or the comforting curl of a cat's tail. I find such satisfaction in taking a blank square of sheet metal or length of wire and transforming it into something recognizable, aesthetically pleasing and wearable. I work with wire and metal because of the amazing depth and texture that can be achieved by using metal working, wire wrapping and wire weaving techniques. I've always loved natural stones and glass beads and their addition to my work adds the color or sparkle that really makes the design come to life.
The end product may be, as a customer described, “deceptively simple,” perhaps fashioned solely from copper or silver wire. However, that piece usually involved many hours of work – shaping wire to the right form, hammering it for durability and beauty and wrapping each coil with precision and care. I value handcrafting my own components and charms and prefer to connect parts using wire wrapping or other cold connections instead of jump rings or machine-made elements. This hands-on approach allows me to have a more intimate connection with the jewelry I create and lends to an artisan design that will withstand everyday wear and be treasured for years to come.
I am a self-taught jewelry artist but I take classes and workshops to learn new skills and improve on my current techniques. I sell my work in multiple juried art shows and festivals during the year, at different retail locations, and online in my Etsy shop.
The support staff at Sleepy Cat Jewelry is comprised of three sleepy cats, a labrador retriever and, as of February 2017, a chihuahua mix. All pets were rescued and adopted from shelters or, in Buttercup's case, a very cold backyard one winter day. They provide inspiration, moral support and good snuggles. I don't bring them to shows but ask me about them and I can show you more pictures and tell you a lot of stories.
I also rely on the help of my husband, two children, my Mom, in-laws and a number of close and dear friends to help me accomplish not only show setup and sales but also with a number of daily tasks.
Of course, I also have you, my customers, to thank for your support and some really great ideas. A lot of the creative spark is generated from conversations with my customers! I always welcome your comments and suggestions. You can use my contact us page to reach out to me or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Sleepy Cat Jewelry by Carolyn Jones