Every day bench jewelers around the world contribute to millennia-old, universal traditions that commemorate and shape human experiences relating to identity, memory, celebration and love. While the community of sharing and teaching unites us, the intimate work involved in making jewelry is paradoxically private. Many jewelers bring their creations to life in solitude. For the Love of Jewelers podcast connects listeners with the honest, inspirational stories of leaders and influencers engaged in the art and business of jewelry-making. Courtney Gray, founder of Creative Side Jewelry Academy is the engaging host of these candid, one-on-one conversations. Listen as jewelers share their triumphs, challenges, inspirations and lessons learned. Whether you plug in at your bench, in your home or car…wherever you are, we're glad you're here and listening safely.
S2-01: An Art Jeweler’s Jeweler, Too Knock-Kneed to be an Olympian
After overcoming his despair when he realized he could technically never grow up to be a firetruck, Alex Boyd, surrounded by a family of artisans, was encouraged to create. A working artist, teacher and jewelry-repair aficionado—the bills still have to be paid—Alex has developed textured, yet linear aesthetics at his bench and avoids as much polishing as possible. Never one to take himself seriously, but driven by the lines, forms, colors and stones in his designs, Alex joins Courtney to discuss jewelry business drivers and the makings of a master, while sharing many laughs along the way.
S1-08: Beth Millner, “Take It in Bite Sized Pieces”
Jewelry designer Beth Millner talks starting from scratch, mastering social media and the importance of using eco-friendly materials in her Marquette, Michigan-based business.
S1-07: Charles Lewton-Brain and Nanz Aalund, “Real Glimpses of the Future”
Jewelry designers and instructors Charles Lewton Brian and Nanz Aalund talk generational trends, the importance of trademarks and the need for the master-apprentice relationship in the industry.
S1-06: Tomas Wittelsbach, “Transcend the Transaction”
Tomas Wittelsbach shares his experience creating massive sculptures for the film industry before discovering Zbrush and transitioning to jewelry design.
S1-05: Jo Haemer, “The World Doesn’t Owe Me a Thing”
Second generation artist Jo Haemer shares stories from her past jobs that run the jewelry industry gamut from pawn shop retail and mass manufacturing to blacksmithing and teaching.
S1-04: Mehrnoosh Ganji, Step into Your Power
Saul Bell Design Award recipient Mehrnoosh Ganji shares the story behind her winning creation.