Jewelry making is a large industry that offers a lot to the jewelry making hobbyist. However, sometimes it can become more than a hobby for many of us. Before making any rash decisions, it is always a good idea to think about the opportunities that might be available for those who are interested in taking their jewelry making hobby to the next level. One way to do this is to learn from other, especially those who have already done what you are hoping to do. In this list of links, you will find interviews from a range of jewelry industry professionals.
Melissa Grakowsky Shippee
As part of my jewelry designer interview series, Melissa talks about how she transitioned from an artist who paints to an artist who beads.
Turning a love of bead weaving into a career is a challenge, but jewelry designer and author Mabeline Gidez managed to do it, and in this interview she talks about how she transformed a childhood love of making jewelry into a full-time profession.
Originally from Brazilla, Brazil, Fernando is a seasoned traveler and mixes Brazilian, European, and American culture into his bold and fashion forward jewelry designs.
In this interview, Lisa Crone explains how she was drawn into the world of beading and how her curiosity resulted in a part-time career as well as life changing experience.
Rebekah Lea talks about what attracted her to making jewelry and eventually becoming a designer who works mainly with precious metals and gemstones.
In this interview with Erin Siegel, she discusses her career and take on turning rustic elements into stylish jewelry designs.
Jewelry designing is not the only subject on the mind of designer and jewelry business owner Kathy Pine, founder of World Wise Jewelry. She also thinks about the world
Carmi Cimicata is a mixed- media artist from Canada whose journey in the art world has included working with all kinds of materials, but once she found resin, that is when her journey became a trip she now shares on-line through various web outlets.
Lisa Niven Kelly
Lisa Niven Kelly talks about how she got started in the jewelry world and her plans for the future. Plus she gives some great advice for those who would like to follow in her footsteps.
Once a beading editor, Leslie Rogalski traded in the nine to five life for freelancing full-time. She tells us all about it in this interview.