I began tinkering with metal and gems almost 20 years ago. I started on one tiny Ikea desk and eventually developed a full-on addiction that led to a total garage studio take-over. (Condolences to the hubs)
Each piece 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 artisan jewelry can possess. I shamelessly stalk independent lapidary artists all over the globe and spend all my extra cash collecting their fair trade, hand-cut stones. I'm also mindful about using green materials when possible; i.e., 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: website, Etsy, local trunk shows & misc boutiques. I've been featured in a few galleries, and donated countless pieces to local & global charities/not-for-profits. 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.
To date, I've had four spine surgeries, including two fusions. I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease at age 23, and have since suffered chronic stenosis, spondylolisthesis, osteoarthritis and herniations throughout my spine. I can't always work full time, so my pieces are extra 'slow crafted' and listed for sale in limited quantities every 2-4 weeks. I'm so grateful to have such a rewarding creative outlet & a career that works around my unpredictable life.
Thanks for looking, and please follow me on Instagram for a peak at upcoming jewels, promotions & sales, or just to make fun of my terrible social media skills.
Polly Simon || smithy
P. S. Artisan Jewelry
- est. 2010 -www.pollysimon.com
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