What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
I am the owner and resident metalsmith at Calabash.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
I design and manufacture most of the jewelry. Iím also one of three of a jury panel that decides who will display their art in the gallery. Itís a team effort for the open houses and first Friday Art Walks.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
Iím a total newbie at making jewelry. Itís been almost eight years. In November, Calabash will have been on the Westside for two years.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
Thereís not really a quitting time. I sometimes take the pieces home with me to finish them. But what I like about the work I do is the different styles. Stones have different personalities. I love to see the finished pieces and the people who purchase them. Different pieces resonate differently with different people.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
Nothing. I just think that this is amazing. I love working with jewelry and having the flexibility to work either at the gallery or in my studio. I love what I do. I am very passionate about the work I do. I tell people that I feel blessed to go to work and feel like Iím playing all day long.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
I majored in marketing and public relations at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. I have five diplomas in PR, and this prepared me for the marketing and basic people skills. However, when Iím working on a piece, itís hard to separate myself from working because Iíd much rather socialize when Iím in the gallery.
What makes working on the Westside special?
The people, very definitely the people. Besides the merchants and local people, I love the tourists who come from all over the country and all over the world.
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