Today on Friday Five, I’ve got marstinia, a jewelry designerÂ extraordinaire, photographer, craft lover and cockatiel owner. I met Mary at the DIY Trunk Show last month and l-o-v-e-d her work. Read on to learn about her interesting work!
1. Tell me a little bit about yourself and your business.
My name is Mary Laskey aka marstinia which is a nickname my sister gave me. I’ve been making and selling jewelry since the early 1990s. I began to focus specifically on kiln-fired copper enamel designs in 1998, which is the year I officially launched my business full-time.
2. Why did you decide to go in to business making this/these particular product(s)?
I’ve been very fortunate to grow up in a family that supports the arts. Both of my parents are musicians, so when I told them I wanted to major in art in college after one disastrous semester as a business major, they were very supportive and encouraged me. I have a BFA in Photography, and I have worked professionally in that field on and off, but have always loved working with my hands. I started making beaded jewelry shortly after graduating from college and stumbled across enameling while looking for a way to start making beads myself. I was hooked on enameling after taking a one day workshop. Then I took up metal smithing so I could make my own designs out of metal. Â I never did get around to learning how to make beads. Maybe some day…
3. Do you have a day job, pets, a family, or a partner? How to you balance everything?
I’ve recently left the day job that I’ve had for the last five years to refocus on my creative endeavors. It was very difficult trying to do both and I am a happier person when I can pursue my own creations full time. My husband who is also a photographer and artist, has been awesome in his continuous support and I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without him–he never fails to help me work through difficulties and keep things in perspective. Of the many potential distractions that enter the fray on a daily basis, my favorite by far is our precocious 10 year old cockatiel, Sprout. She is spoiled rotten.
4. Whatâ€™s your favorite thing to make or do when youâ€™re not running your business?
I’m a crafty maniac: besides working with metal and enamel designs, I also sew, knit, crochet, embroider, make tile mosaics and found object assemblages. If I’m not busy with my handiwork, I like to read, take long walks, hikes and bike rides, take pictures and spend time with my family and friends.
Etsy Shop: http://www.marstinia.etsy.com