Esqueleto in Oakland is holding a trunk show for me this Friday and Saturday. If you've never visited, please do! It is the most dreamy of spaces and is designer jewelry/home decor heaven. Below is an interview featured on Esqueleto's blog.
This month the lovely Sarah Greenberg of Sarah Swell Jewelry shares the processes and rituals behind the creation of her raw, handcrafted treasures.
Sarah with her pup, her uber-popular Fishbone Earrings
“I’ve always been an artist and have been painting since I was little. I’ve also always known that I wanted to have my own business. While at art school, I took a jewelry making class on a whim and something clicked. I immediately felt like I had found ‘my thing.’”
Sarah at the bench, custom engagement ring, tools of the trade
“It usually takes a while for a design come full circle. Often I will sketch or collect something that will turn into an idea for a piece months or even years later. Sometimes I wish I could expedite the design process, but that just doesn’t work for me!”
Sarah and her adorable Husky, her clean and bright studio
So what is a typical day in the life of Sarah? “I try to wake up around 6:30 and have breakfast and tea while answering emails. Most mornings I go for a run or hike with my energetic Husky pup before heading to the studio. Generally days are production filled, followed by more emails. I’ve been trying really hard lately to make it home by 6:30 to have some down time and a nice dinner with my husband.”
“Nothing makes my day more than receiving a sweet email from a satisfied customer, it makes me feel like I’ve made a small impact in someones life. The worst part of my day is generally when I burn/cut/grind part of my hand. You’d think by now that I would have learned not to touch hot metal…but I haven’t!”
Sarah’s 1924 bunglaow, Sri Lanka, the California coast
“Currently I’m obsessed with the shrimp ceviche from the Sinaloa taco truck on International in Oakland, fixing up my 1924 bungalow a little bit at a time, collecting vintage tools for the studio, and trying to fit in as much travel as possible (I just returned from an amazing adventure in Sri Lanka).”
Sarah finds much of her inspiration in the natural world. “Nature never ceases to amaze me. The wild California landscape has stolen my heart.”
Sarah will be showing some stunning new work at her trunk show next week!
“I’m looking forward to expanding my bridal collection and creating more one of a kind pieces. Production work can be quite tedious, so working on special jewels will help me stay inspired and keep my designs fresh. I’ve also been really interested lately in textiles and somehow combining my background in painting and drawing into a new project. Stay tuned on this one…right now I have my hands full!”
Sarah will be in the shop for a trunk show with her entire collection next week. Please come meet her and check out her beautiful organic pieces in person!
Sarah Swell Trunk Show
Friday June 7th, 2013 1-9pm
Saturday June 8th, 11-6pm