I have been making things for as long as I can remember. When most of my friends were playing with Barbies, I was sewing my Barbie a spring line. Thanks to my mom, (who never took me to the craft store) I learned to be creative with what I had on hand, and today my work is a reflection of that make-do resourcefulness. (Thanks, mom!)
And I’ve always loved travel. l love the excitement of new places, and the different beat of different people.
Staying at home to raise my five kids, I had ample reasons to make and create: baby quilts, Halloween costumes, shoestring decorating, clothes for the kids, handknit mittens, and jewelry for myself. But as I saw that the kids would soon all be in school, I knew I needed a larger creative endeavor to fill the void. I opened up my etsy shop in 2009 and “haven’t looked back.” I am still at home, keeping family as my top priority. But I fill my days with running this small business: making pieces, developing new product lines, and shipping orders. After bedtime, I create new pieces and work, work, work – it’s my studio time and I love it.
My work is strongly influenced by global cultures and travel. I also keep an eye on trends in fashion, because I love how the world of fashion is ever-interesting and dynamic. My favorite materials are African brass, ethnic beads, recycled glass, Catholic medals, found objects, and leather. I have a diverse aesthetic, and my pieces reflect that.
Over the last several years, my work has been featured in Stringing Magazine, 101 Bracelets, Necklaces and Earrings and Creative Jewelry. Someday I’d love to write a book series for creative “sometimes-artists” like me.
I love baseball, coffee, garage sales, cocktails with my husband, travel, road trips, travel programs on TV, hiking, occassional gardening, and I run (because I love to eat).
++ Handmade by Anne Potter – est. 2009 ++