Saturday, January 31, 2009

Featured Artist - Gems By Jerri

Today I am featuring Gems by Jerri. She has a studio on ArtFire which features bracelets, barrettes, earrings and necklaces. One feature she has which I really liked was the earring of the month club. You subscribe to it and she sends you a new pair of earrings each month. What a cleaver idea that is. And you get a new pair of earrings to wear each month. Sounds like fun to me.

Jerri lives in Texas and has been crafting all her life. She works for a jewelry manufacturer during the day and then comes home and makes her own jewelry at night. She started out making jewelry for herself to wear. Then she began giving jewelry that she made to friends and family as gifts. They liked her work so much that she has recently started to sell her jewelry online.

The most exciting part of making jewelry for Jerri is receiving new materials. She gets excited about what she can create with them and likens it to how you feel when receiving Christmas gifts. She also gets excited when someone orders jewelry from her online studio because then she knows she wasn't the only one that liked that particular item.

Jerri's least favorite part of this endeavor is photographing her jewelry so that she can post it online. I think this is probably one of the most difficult things for most jewelry crafters. Unless, you are really skilled with a camera it is sometimes difficult to get crystal clear pictures that really show off the detail of jewelry in a way that the buyer can appreciate.

Jerri is currently learning to work with polymer clay. She claims this could become an addiction for her. Polymer clay is something I have wanted to learn as well. At some point I know I will have to give it a try too.

In addition to making jewelry Jerry also enjoys reading, music and spending time with family and friends.

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