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HI! YOU ARE WELCOME TO SKIP THE BIO, BUT PLEASE BE SURE TO READ MY SHOP POLICIES FOR A SATISFYING TRANSACTION!!!(JUST CLICK ON 'SHOP POLICIES')

My name is Mary Mittelstadt. In 1974, I received a degree in studio art/ed from the College of St. Benedict and taught h.s. art(inc. jewelry making) for almost 5 yrs. before deciding to stay at home to raise a family. I spent the next 19 years designing/selling my artwork...illuminated, illustrated calligraphy - both commercial and custom designed. Fourteen of these years included my participation as a Master Artisan at the Minn. Renaissance Festival.
Late in the 1980's, I was diagnosed with CFIDS/FM, which eventually resulted in being unable to continue the business. Fortunately, my creative spirit 'rose from the ashes' and met the challenge - I began to create and sell one-of-a-kind jewelry and beadwork designs on a much…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 10
  • Joined March 23, 2008

Favorite materials

stones, argentium sterling and goldfilled metals, PMC, stained and fused glass, pieces of nature, vintage seed beads in old time colors, leather, fabrics and fibers

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About

HI! YOU ARE WELCOME TO SKIP THE BIO, BUT PLEASE BE SURE TO READ MY SHOP POLICIES FOR A SATISFYING TRANSACTION!!!(JUST CLICK ON 'SHOP POLICIES')

My name is Mary Mittelstadt. In 1974, I received a degree in studio art/ed from the College of St. Benedict and taught h.s. art(inc. jewelry making) for almost 5 yrs. before deciding to stay at home to raise a family. I spent the next 19 years designing/selling my artwork...illuminated, illustrated calligraphy - both commercial and custom designed. Fourteen of these years included my participation as a Master Artisan at the Minn. Renaissance Festival.
Late in the 1980's, I was diagnosed with CFIDS/FM, which eventually resulted in being unable to continue the business. Fortunately, my creative spirit 'rose from the ashes' and met the challenge - I began to create and sell one-of-a-kind jewelry and beadwork designs on a much smaller scale. (Energy is a precious commodity!)
A few years ago, I participated in the Rio Grande Precious Metal Clay Certification Program and am a PMC Certified Artisan: I am a member of the PMC Guild.
I currently reside in the so. suburban area of the Twin Cities with my husband, Rick, who is also an artist. In my 'off time' I love going to the mountains, camping, playing guitar, traveling, and off beat outdoor adventures - all when my health allows!

PHILOSOPHY AND CREATIVE INTENTIONS!..........
I use a wide variety of high quality materials - argentium sterling(tarnish resistant), goldfilled, vermeil, Bali, Thai, and turkish silver, regular sterling silver, high quality stringing materials, etc. - that should provide long lasting wear and satisfaction provided appropriate care is observed. I especially pride myself on excellent craftsmanship and technique including consistency, attention to detail, materials and color choice, unique but functional design, and long lasting wearability.

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