Monday, March 7, 2011

Interview with the artist - Beth Hemmila

By N Valentine Studio

Featured artist - Beth Hammila from Hint, Portland, OR

Before we start this non-SATeam member interview, I'll admit I stalk Beth's shop almost every other day. I have several of her pieces, two horses, a cat and a goddess and they are all simple yet absolutely stunning. I find her pieces so unique and they have limitless possibilities in jewelry pieces. My current favorite is her raven.

Her blog is inspiring in so many ways, I always enjoy reading it. I am totally entranced by her new series of charms, when I wrote this they were not in her Etsy yet, but may be listed in there now. I'll be stalking her shop yet again for the snow globe charm. I love snow, it's the perfect charm for me!

How long have you been working in your medium?
I've been a sculptor for 20 years and working in metal clay for 4 years.

What drew you to this medium?
I like how I can mold this material like clay yet it transforms into pure silver.

What is your favorite thing about your art?
Connecting with symbols and researching their significance.

What's your favorite piece?
Wind Horse.

What's the hardest piece you've ever made?
Love Dog because I went through a lot of different designs.

What's the one favorite tool you cannot live without?
Burt's Bee Balm.

What's your favorite thing about your workspace or studio?
A window with a view of the outside world.

What is your other craft?

Who or what inspires you?
Nature and ancient art.

What's your favorite inspirational saying?
"Real happiness lies in that which never comes nor goes, but simply is." Yogi tea bag

What's one thing you've never done you always wanted to do?
Travel to Australia.

Featuring artisan handmade creations by the Starving Artists jewelry team. SATeam members create handcrafted jewelry and beads. More information about our team and its current shop owner members can be found at and here on ArtFire.


Ava said...

A nice interview, she makes lovely charms.

mcstoneworks said...

Great interview. Beth does beautiful work. Thank you for sharing her talent with us.

AMDesignsbyAngela said...

Thanks, Nicole for introducing us to Beth and her metal clay work...I think I will have to become a follower as well.

Cat said...

So adorable, thanks for sharing!

Bonnie said...

Those charms are beautiful. Thank you for sharing Beth's designs with us.

BeadSire said...

Nice to meet you Beth, love your work.

Nicole Valentine-Rimmer said...

I adore Beth's stuff! She was a lot of fun to interview.

Carole said...

Simple, yet stunning. Impressive.

Jeanne/J3Jewelry said...

Beautiful, I love her designs. That Wild Horse is amazing... I do so love horses. The Love Dog looks like it has a celtic flavor to it... really lovely. Thank you for featuring this artist, I can understand why you own so many of her creations, Nicole!

hint said...

thank you so much for enjoying my work and connecting with my thoughts! Lovely to meet you all and to have been so graciously interviewed by Nicole :) Beth

DawninCal said...

Great interview and I'm so pleased to have been introduced to Beth's wonderful work!