My favorite thing about making jewelry is connecting with people, often in
a sentimental way. (Yes, I’m a huge sap). When a piece I’ve made means a
lot to someone else, that’s simply a great feeling and genuinely makes me
happy. It was such a joy to make my best friend’s wedding band, I thought
I’d re-live the process and share it with you here.
I met the talented Leah Staley through ceramicist (and previous STUDIO
feature) Gopi Shah - I love that the maker world is full of these wonderful
connections. We had a great chat in her charming studio about her work, how
she got into jewelry making, and the significance of art in today's
society. Yeah, we got a little existential there. Haha.
When Renegade Craft Fair paired me up to share a booth with Gopi Shah last
spring, I gained a wonderfully kind and talented friend as well. Gopi is so
warm and open, it felt like we were old friends right away. I was very
excited to find out more about her beginnings as a ceramicist and see her
in action in her studio in San Rafael. Her skill and artistry often made
her work look effortless, though I now truly understand how much work
really goes into each piece and her business as a whole.