What do you do for a living? Assistant Professor of Communication and Jewelry Designer for Erama Customs
When did you get started with jewelry designing? I started beading when I was 12. It wasn’t until I went to college that I got into manipulating metal, wire, and glass.
Describe your designs in two or three words... Custom Made with You in Mind. I design jewelry for real people with unique identities and lifestyles. I want my jewelry to be wearable art capable of sparking a conversation.
What’s your inspiration for your collection? The 4 Elements, earth (the colors I use), wind (the movement of my pieces), water (The flow of my designs), fire( the funky/eclectic look of my designs)
What’s a typical day like for you? I am a mother of two, so I have a design studio in my home. I tend to work on my jewelry in the evenings once the kids are fast asleep. My husband and I work together on different projects.
What materials do you use? Everything I use is natural and from the earth. I use silver, gold, and copper metal. I use a lot of natural stones and semi-precious stones. I also use glass in a lot of my designs.
Where can someone buy your jewelry? How much is an average piece? Most of my jewelry is custom made. I sell a trade shows across America and online at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Erama
Do you have any future plans for the business or an ultimate goal? I would love to grow my business or begin designing for someone else’s line.
Classic red and black, this one of a kind, hand-crafted set features obsidian, onyx, crystal, moonstone, and silver.
Dr. Johnson is clearly a talented jewelry designer! Be sure to check out her Etsy site to see her handmade hair ties.