idreamicanfly


Jo of idreamicanfly creates simple, sophisticated, easy to wear handmade jewelry in sterling silver and solid 14k gold.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Jo.
I think I've always been an artist. While my brother was drawing, I was making three dimensional worlds out of Play Doh in shoe boxes. And I was an inveterate collector of jewelry, even as a child. I was just recently looking at old photos, and I realized that in my second grade class photo, I'm the only one wearing a necklace. I still remember that necklace, too. It was a lovely white rabbit.

I trained as a ceramic sculptor and photographer, before moving into metal work. I could never really find the exact jewelry that I was looking for, and I could see it in my mind, so I finally gave up and started making it myself. I've never been afraid of fire (try pulling raku out of a kiln at over 1000 degrees if you want a rush!) so it was a pretty natural transition for me.

People kept asking me where I got my jewelry, and if they could buy some too. When I started selling my earrings right out of my ears, I decided to try listing my designs on Etsy. My pieces started selling pretty quickly, and they haven't stopped yet! It's a full time job for me. I call it my accidental business.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Wow. I have to pick just one? Travel, I guess. I've lived all over the States as well as in Germany and Canada, and my husband is British and has lived in more countries than I have. We travel as much as we possibly can. I think my favorite trip to date was spending Chinese New Year in Shanghai, China, although hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru comes in a close second.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Marketing, I suppose. I guess I should spend more time on it, but I'd always rather be designing something new. Or setting another stone from my gorgeous cabochon pile. Or taking photos of one of my new designs. Or... well, you get the idea.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
If I didn't already have a pair of my Forged Open Hoops, they would definitely be at the top of my list. They're a great pair of go-anywhere, do-anything earrings. And they're comfortable enough to sleep in, so you can leave them in for months. After I designed them, I wore my pair for four months straight.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I changed my mind on a regular basis, and that hasn't really changed. I love variety, in travel, in food, in work, and in life. One of the best things about this job is that I'm doing something different all the time.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
Jasmine Scott's resin rings are to die for. Sadly, I have fine bones, so they'd wear me instead of the other way around. But if I could pull them off, I'd have one for every finger.

I have a Koi hoodie from Ahpeele that I virtually live in.

I love, love, love Irene Suchocki's photography. [See an interview with Irene here - Ed.]

I have a mug from MuddyBones that makes me laugh every day when I make chai. Better than that, as a trained ceramicist, I can say it's one of the best made mugs I've ever owned. Comfortable to the hand, the perfect size, and the perfect shape - it even pours well.

And speaking of chai, I bought my first chai kit from purposedesign, who has a fantastic selection of spice kits.

What does your future hold?
At this point in my life, I don't even try to guess! I just go with the flow and see where life takes me. I love designing jewelry, and I have no plans to stop any time soon. And I'm sure I'll always be an artist of one kind or another, and I'll always keep traveling.


Visit Jo at www.idreamicanfly.com or idreamicanflyaway.blogspot.com to see more of her inspiring creations!