Etsy Store: www.NValentineStudio.etsy.com
N. Valentine, of N. Valentine Studio, is a lampwork artist and silversmith, who loves making perfect little earring beads. Her beads are so perfectly matched, that often people think they are looking a one bead reflected in a mirror in her photographs.
In addition to earrings, she also makes silver cored beads with matching silk ribbons and bracelets. However, she adds, "Sometimes I get a new idea and there is something totally different in my shop!"
She uses glass, sterling silver, PMC, and silk ribbon to make her jewelry. She makes her own lampwork beads, and, in addition to using them in her own jewelry, she offers beads for sale.
When asked how she got started making jewelry, N. Valentine admits, "I think I was a crow in a previous life! I love shiny things." Her philosophy is simple: she makes what she loves, sayinhg, "Colors and textures tend to draw me in. I like simple lines, and organic looks."
N. Valentine has a strong background in the arts; she admits that she dabbled in a lot of different mediums, but once she tried glass, she was hooked. She told us, "I've been blessed to have classes with a lot of fantastic instructors over the years. Andrea Guarino, Micheal Barley, Kimberly Affleck, Cynthia Archer, Amy Johnson, Sherry Bellamy, Teresa Labirte; I may have forgotten someone!"
N. Valentine is married, and working on a family. She says, "I have a wonderful supportive husband, who was thrilled to be able to build me a studio. We have both been professionals in the equine world since an early age, though we are moving away from that professionally. We are now down to only four horses!" She says that her travel on the rodeo circuit, and the wilderness and countryside that she sees, often give her ideas for beads and jewelry.
N. Valentine hopes that the people who wear her beads and jewelry feel empowered, confident and strong.
The SATeam blog features artisan handmade creations by the etsy starving artists jewelry team. SATeam members create handcrafted jewelry and beads. More information about our team and its current etsy shop owner members can be found at SATEAM.etsy.com.