I've been playing with metal and gems in my home studio for almost 20 years. I started on one tiny Ikea desk and eventually developed a full-on addiction that led to a total garage take-over. (Condolences to the hubs.)
Each piece I make is one-of-a-kind and forged completely by hand. My goal is to maintain that delicate balance between fine workmanship and the unique character only true handcrafted artisan jewelry can possess. It takes genuine blood, sweat and tears, or usually just sweat but I am using hammers, saws and torches so blood/tears happen.
One of my hobbies is shamelessly stalking independent lapidary artists all over the globe. I tend to spend all my extra cash collecting hand-cut stones. I'm also mindful about using green materials when possible -- reclaimed, upcycled, ethically mined -- so most of my pieces fall into the "shop small" category from start to finish.
Over the years I've peddled my wares in all the usual places: my website, Etsy, local trunk shows and misc boutiques. In 2014, the Dallas Observer gave a nod to my "wearable art" and honored me as one of their 10 Best Dallas-based Etsy shops. I still don't know which of my friends them paid off.
My jewels and mixed media art have also been featured in a few local galleries, and I've donated thousands in sales to local and global charities and not-for-profit organizations. Still, for the most part, I've managed to maintain 'hobbyist' status as I'm terrrrible at self-promotion and I realllly like to sleep. #introvertsaywhat
From 2015-2019 I had four spine surgeries, including two fusions (thank you, genes) but my spine is now 96.4% stable and I'm back in the studio full time.
Or, full-ish time.
Like, mostly full-ish time.
Follow me on Instagram for a peak at new jewels, promotion & sale info, or just make fun of my terrible social media skills: @PsArtisanJewelry
Polly Simon // Smithy
P. S. Artisan Jewelry