ArtwearbyCaron designs sterling silver jewelry, generally centering around a faceted gemstone. She loves the bright colors and sparkle of faceted gemstones and tries to highlight the gem within her silverwork.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Caron.
A long time ago, I met someone that was raving about learning metalsmithing. I was so intrigued that I ended up going back to college for four years to learn the craft. It was hard at first and I kept injuring myself. I was such a klutz, I couldn't even light the torch. But I knew that I was loving every minute of it!
Back in those days we didn't have the internet so selling pieces required placing them in a store or gallery. I hated this part of the process but the alternative was to let my pieces stack up around the house. When Etsy came along, it was the perfect fit for me. I have talked with people all over the world, can sell my pieces for a reasonable price, and play at my work bench as much as I like.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Well, I absolutely adore making jewelry but I do have other interests. I'm always reading and never go anywhere without a book. I think this comes from being a mom and spending time waiting to pick someone up from some activity. I also enjoy going treasure hunting at craft shows, flea markets, and antique stores. My husband is great to have along on these outings. He's a good shopper!
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
My biggest challenge is staying up with all the computer stuff. I can't figure out Google base or the RSS. I have tried to do Twitter and I finally posted some pictures on Flicker but it is all a huge struggle. I know I need to do these things but I would much rather be at my workbench.
What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Oh, I'm so fickle! My favorite item is usually my latest creation. I have been playing with some new band ideas so I guess I would pick one of those. There is this one green amethyst that I had a hard time not using in a ring for myself. The band was hard to make, so I'm proud of the silver work. The piece is called Sincerity.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
As a little kid, my favorite pages in the encyclopedia were the color pages of the gemstones. I knew all the names! In college, I majored in Education with a minor in art. I taught school for ten years but never got to teach art. We moved around a lot and I always got the class no one else wanted. I admire teachers, it's a hard job. I was happy to quit. That's when I went back to college to learn metal work.
What other shops or artists out there do you love?
Etsy is an amazing place. I have met the nicest people! My favorite shop is SEStudio. She makes wonderful purses that are even better in person. I really enjoy carrying mine.
I'm also fascinated by the glass artists. Edgeworksglass has beautiful stuff. And then there are the woodworkers. I bought a wonderful bowl from Woodjammin.
I could go on and on, Etsy is full of talented people!
What does your future hold?
Well, my future may hold a move as my husband is looking at a new job. This would be our 9th move! Right now I work out of our garage but if we move, I'm demanding (OK, asking sweetly) to have a room in the house. But no matter where I place my workbench, I plan to keep making jewelry. I will continue to struggle to keep up with the latest internet opportunities while making new friends on Etsy.