Ring with African Turquoise.
Ring with Labrodite stone.
Amanda's Etsy site.
Jewelry Designs -
The play of metal
I can't tell you when I first discovered that I needed
a creative outlet in my life. Maybe it was the year I filled
15 notebooks full of poetry and told myself I was destined
to be a writer. Maybe it was the year I got a guitar and
set out to be a rockstar. It's hard to tell, really. What
I do know is that the need has always been there, and the
need has been great.
I was working in a Verizon call center when my then-boyfriend
David Mosher (now-husband) bought me metalsmithing lessons
as a gift for our first Christmas together. Immediately
following the first lesson, I started setting up a home
studio. I knew that the play of the metal in my hands, and
the power behind the torch were something entirely new to
me- yet I finally felt like I was home.
Friends and Family took note of my passion, and of my skill,
and I haven't been without their support since that first
with Labradorite stone.
Triangular Turquoise stone with a small round Labradorite
I worked for Verizon for 5
years when I was laid off in 2008. It was not a job that
satisfied my creative needs, but it had excellent benefits;
and because of that alone, I stuck with it. When we got
word of impending layoffs in the fall of 2007, I decided
to start my own business as soon as my last shift was through.
Riverside Jewelry Designs was born in January of 2008. Through
online venues and social networking, I have set up an online
presence that has allowed me to ship orders all over the
world. I've shipped finished jewelry and jewelry making
supplies to Australia, Europe, Southeast Asia, and all over
North America. I love jewelry design. Wearable art is my
favorite medium to date. Although I'd like to take the next
step into metal sculpture, also. My cousin Nicholas, a certified
welder, agreed to teach me his skill last fall, but passed
away before we had the opportunity to share that time together.
When I find the desire to seek out another instructor, I'll
take that next step. More metal, more fire, more creativity!
Larger scale metal sculpture thrills me- although jewelry
design will always be my first love.