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Hi all!   I’m Julie from Julie Gregory Designs.  I have been making jewelry for about 10 years now.  It seemed like a natural progression of my love of gemstones and minerals and soon became a passion of mine.   Last year I started selling my jewelry on etsy after some corporate downsizing allowed me the extra time to follow my dream. 

When I’m not making jewelry I enjoy cooking shows, trying new recipes and spending time with my husband and our rescued Bichon, Gregory. 








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Born in Japan where my Dad was an American consul on the southern island, I spent a good deal of my childhood in various foreign countries.  My mother collected folk crafts avidly so I was surrounded by ethnic arts from an early age.  Which probably accounts in part for the fact that I became a potter/jeweler.

My MFA is from Claremont Graduate School near LA where I studied with Paul Soldner. And here I am some 30 odd years later still making pots and porcelain jewelry.

What can be made from clay? All of my answers seem to have taken the form of useful adornment for home and body. In fact if  I could knit clay I'd be making clay sweaters.

 I never seem to be able to get enough of that part of working with clay that is all about touch and response.  This is a part of making that seems to go both above and below the threshold of words.  When immersed in making,  time and words and lists become irrelevant.  All that holds me is the clay, my contact with it and its response to that contact. And somewhere along the way little solidified pieces of this experience and passion remain. They remain to pick up and hold and place in a shop to be sold.

For more information on how I make my pieces and what is happening in my clay life please visit my facebook page at
http://www.facebook.com/porcelain.jazz.

For a monthly update on Porcelain Jazz's events, organizations, and places of interest please subscribe to my e-newsletter atporcelainjazzpublications@suddenlink.net

And for those wishing to purchase my work the following links are to my shops:
http://www.porcelainjazz.com
http://www.porcelainjazz.etsy.com


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My earliest memory of jewelry is rummaging through my mum's trinket box and wearing as many sparkly colorful pieces playing dressup! My mum had family heirlooms left to her by her mother which included some emeralds, rubies and diamonds,and I loved the colors of these gemstones. 

As an adult, I graduated with a degree in Computer Science but in my spare time, I was always driven to create, whether painting, photography or jewelry. The impetus to take up jewelry fulltime came when I decided to quit my job as a corporate trainer and do what I truly loved- working with my hands.
I've inherited a very curious mind from my engineer father and always want to know how to put things together by figuring it out myself. So I found a few books at my local library and taught myself to wire wrap and learn a few things about the gemstones I use. I love the idea that I am constantly learning- every day is a new day, and I don't get bored. It is such a lovely feeling to have my work bought and worn by someone who values handmade jewelry because every piece I create is done with much love and care! I have been commissioned to do wedding, anniversary, milestone birthdays and graduation pieces over the last few years and in my shop you will find pieces to suit every style, budget and season.

LINKS:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/vitrine
http://twitter.com/vitrineetsy
http://www.facebook.com/vitrinedesigns

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The three Etsy Time Pocket shops of Brothertown Books are a loving team of two, John and Amy (See our links below). We live in a tiny country hamlet that has more cows, chickens, goats and deer than humans. It is nestled among the rolling hills of Upstate New York. This is John writing. I have been a used and rare bookman for practically all my life. For many years I owned and operated an old-fashioned used book shop in a little country village in Upstate New York. The store filled many rooms with old books in what was the oldest house in town , dating from 1795. The age of the house and the many cozy nooks crammed with books enticed book lovers of all ages with the hopes (and reality) of finding something special. The store has been closed for many years, and I'm now adapting to the world of the internet. I miss my old book shop but find that the two most important things for selling books remain the same: The Customers and The Books. 

Amy has a degree in Fine Arts; her specialty is etching; in my opinion, there is no one who can create as beautiful a copper drypoint image as can Amy. Her fine eye for artistic detail, and her years of knowledge about art history is an important part of Brothertown's  esprit d' corps, and success. Amy's sense of beauty, and her spirited delving in the history of books and objects we find is a joy to behold. 

In our Etsy TIme Pocket shops we are striving to present books of all sorts, ephemera and old records, as well as an interesting assortment of ageless objects, old photographs, antique magazines and vintage paperbacks that perfectly capture the flavor of these little Time Pockets of the past for everyone's enjoyment and appreciation.  Here are links from each shop, along with an item from each shop. 

TIme Pocket (Etsy user name Brothertown)


TIme Pocket Books and Paper (Etsy user name, BrothertownBooks)
Time Pocket Vinyl, Vintage Records in Stereo & Hi-Fi (Etsy User name BrothertownMusic)

2 comments:

Brothertown Books said...

Louise is one of the most generous and talented people we have ever encountered! Thanks so much, Louise, for featuring us on your lovely blog page. This shall remain one of our favorite spots on the web! - John and Amy, Brothertown Books and The Etsy Time Pocket Shops.

Vitrine said...

Louise- thank you so much for featuring my handmade jewelry! Good luck to you! Vitrine on Etsy

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