Once a month, members of the EtsyMetal team
are asked a question and then requested to blog about it. This month's question is: What is your best jewelry memory?
I don't have a single best
jewelry memory. But all
of my best
jewelry memories are with my husband, Ben. That sounds like a cliché, but it's not really...
In case you are wondering (or worrying!
) NONE of the memories include him getting down on his knee. He never formally proposed or presented me with an engagement ring. (And that
is a story for another day!) In fact, in the 17 years that we have been together, he has only given me 2 pieces of jewelry. (And why should he, right? Although a nice big stone that I could put into a piece of jewelry might be nice someday. hmmmmmm.)
I have digressed a little from my original thought...
I don't have digital images of my school work. These are badly scanned from slides.
I met Ben when we were attending Tyler School of Art---I was getting my BFA, he was getting his MFA---we were both concentrating our studies in the Jewelry/Metals Department. After a year of friendship, our relationship evolved into a more romantic one. I have many fond (and some not so fond) jewelry related memories during this period of my life. One in particular was when I was working late in the studio one weekend night. Ben really wanted me to watch one of his favorite movies "Robin and Marian
," but I had to work on my project. So he rented the movie and brought it to the studio. He pulled the forming stakes I needed to use in front of the studio television, so I could watch the movie with him while I worked. (Nice date
I don't think this is the piece I was working on when we watched "Robin and Marian", but it of the same time period (circa 1992).
Another fond jewelry memory I have takes place years later...
Ben and Danielle casting at Rowan University circa 1998
I had started my business and Ben was teaching Jewelry/Metals at Rowan University. We would go to Rowan every Sunday---he opened the studio for his students and I would work on my own jewelry. We would drive from Philadelphia to Glassboro in the late morning and pick up lunch on the way---many times we would eat a picnic lunch on the lawn near the jewelry studio. We would spend all day there---I would bring waxes that that I injected at our home studio and we would invest them, do a quick burn out and cast. We would drive home Sunday night---many times fighting with the summertime New Jersey to Philly beach traffic---and would listen to "This American Life
" on the car radio.
To read about my fellow EtsyMetal members' best jewelry memory, please visit the following blogs:Andes Cruz DesignsBijougirlSara Westermark