Emily Claire Is Turning 9!

It's hard to believe, but this March marks 9 years since I founded Emily Claire LLC.  The time has gone by in the blink of an eye!  Having a jewelry business has brought so many great things to my life.  I have learned so much, not just about my craft, but also about business.  I've traveled and had wonderful adventures.  Best of all, I have met amazing people.  As I celebrate this milestone, I'm reminiscing with a collection of photos I have saved over the years.

Where it all began, at Penland School of Crafts:

Penland School of Crafts

The early years:

Early-work.jpg

The recent years:

The years in between:

Days in studio:

One-of-a-kind pieces:

Countless sketches:

Special collections:

 

Custom jewelry:

Adventures abroad:

It has been a wonderful journey and I'm so grateful for my clients, family, and friends who have supported me along the way. I can't wait for the next nine years!

Thanks for reading!

~Claire

Jewelry I Love- Tap by Todd Pownell

I am a long time fan of Todd Pownell's handcrafted jewelry.  I love the color combination of black and gold in his work, and the unique metal textures he creates.  He also sets stones so uniquely, some even set upside down with the culet (point at the bottom of the stone) pointed outward.  

Until recently, I had not seen his work in person.  Luckily, during a recent trip to Colorado, I wondered into a gorgeous jewelry gallery called Art + Soul that had a lovely selection.  I so enjoyed getting to see Todd Pownell's beautifully crafted jewelry up close!

Here are a few of my favorite Todd Pownell pieces:

Thanks for reading!

~Claire

Progression of the petal form...

One of my favorite parts of the year is right after the holiday season.  It's when I get to take a break from the mad rush of making in studio, slow down, and try out some new ideas.  As I artist, I believe it is essential to keep evolving and nothing makes me happier in studio than coming up with a great new design.

In 2015 I fell in love with a structured petal form that showcased the gorgeous yellow color of 22k gold.  This year I have been loosening up that form to create more fluid and organic shapes.  You can see the evolution in the images below:

It's always so interesting to look back and see how small changes to simple motifs can open the door to wonderful new ideas.

Thanks for reading!

~Claire

The Carolina Artisan Craft Market!

This year, I am so thrilled to be a part of the The Carolina Artisan Craft Market! This beautiful event showcases amazing fine craft designs handmade by artists from across North Carolina and the U.S. 

Spend a weekend shopping for handmade, one-of-a-kind craft representing more than 110 artists from across the country.  See beautiful pottery, sculpture, wearable and decorative fiber, glass, jewelry, metal work, furniture, leather, photography, printmaking and mixed media. For those seeking unique and collectible gifts, you won't want to miss this event!  While you shop, enjoy live music, artist demonstrations and, of course, a fabulous group of fine craft artists all in one place.

Carolina Artisan Craft Market
Hosted by the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild


The Raleigh Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B (NEW VENUE!)
500 S. Salisbury St, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
      *** I'll be in booth H-10!***

Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8

PUBLIC HOURS:
Friday, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now! Visit CarolinaArtisanCraft.com for more information.

I hope to see you there!

~ Claire

Loving Turquoise!

In the past, I have always enjoyed working with sleeping beauty turquoise.  It's color is second to none and it looks great with sterling silver.  I've had a supply of sleeping beauty turquoise cabochons stashed away in my studio for a while, but I haven't thought about using them in months.  The mine where these beautiful stones are sourced has been closed, making them more rare and costly, so I have kind of been hoarding them.  (Fun Fact: The stone got its name because the mountain where it is mined in Arizona resembles a sleeping woman laying on her back with her arms crossed.)  Recently, I decided to bring out my turquoise stash and see how they look next to the 22K/sterling silver bi-metal I have been using.  Well, it was a match made in heaven:

I love these new cuffs so much, I may just have to make some for myself.  They are so bright and feminine, and fit fairly close to the wrist so they don't move around too much.  They are a perfect way to brighten up your wardrobe this fall!

Thanks for reading!

~Claire