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Welcome to Seventh Cloud Studio – Jewelry that's not just one-of-a-kind, it's once in a lifetime. My name is Courtney D. Williams and I have designed and made all of the jewelry in my shop using high quality materials. Each unique piece has a different inspiration - whether a person, place, memory, fantasy, or just a beautiful bead that begged to become a focal point.

My first love is writing, and strangely, this art led me to the art of beading and jewelry design, when, during a writing workshop in Saratoga, NY, I discovered my first bead store.

When one too many people asked me if I sell my jewelry, I got tired of answering, “No, I just have a lot of it,” and started to think seriously about finding a venue to sell my work. A friend discovered Etsy, and Seventh Cloud Studio was born. With a new bead store close by, and a sister with a graceful…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 2
  • Joined September 26, 2008

Favorite materials

Hill Tribe Silver, semi precious gems, vintage and upcycled materials, Swarovski crystals and pearls

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About

Welcome to Seventh Cloud Studio – Jewelry that's not just one-of-a-kind, it's once in a lifetime. My name is Courtney D. Williams and I have designed and made all of the jewelry in my shop using high quality materials. Each unique piece has a different inspiration - whether a person, place, memory, fantasy, or just a beautiful bead that begged to become a focal point.

My first love is writing, and strangely, this art led me to the art of beading and jewelry design, when, during a writing workshop in Saratoga, NY, I discovered my first bead store.

When one too many people asked me if I sell my jewelry, I got tired of answering, “No, I just have a lot of it,” and started to think seriously about finding a venue to sell my work. A friend discovered Etsy, and Seventh Cloud Studio was born. With a new bead store close by, and a sister with a graceful neck perfect for modeling necklaces, I got obsessively to work on unique pieces for my Etsy shop. You can also find me at several craft fairs and events in the Hudson Valley--watch my shop announcements and Facebook page (Facebook.com/SeventhCloudStudio) for more info!

The name “Seventh Cloud Studio” comes from the combination of a quote from writer Richard Brautigan (“Everyone has a place in history. Mine is clouds.”) and the Iroquois belief that every decision a person makes and the way a person lives affects the seven generations that follow. I think that Brautigan’s quote is an accurate description of a creative person’s place in the world, and I strongly believe in the concept of the Seven Generations. In some ways, I feel that I’m the seventh generation of a long line of people whose place in history is clouds; thus, the name “Seventh Cloud Studio.”

My "day job" is my other business--freelance writing (from ad and web copy, to press releases, letters, articles, creative pieces, and more) under the name Seventh Cloud Creative Solutions (www.SeventhCloudCreativeSolutions.com). I find that these two businesses complement each other perfectly, allowing me to use both my brain and my hands creatively to make something out of nothing...I am so lucky to be self-employed and doing the things I love!

In attempt to exercise my narrative skills and give my love of quirky, playful turns of phrase an outlet, my very talented friend (writer Sara Probst) and I take turns posting on our blog, www.73exposures.com. The project commemorates the 10 year anniversary of our cross-country trip in 2003, by presenting 73 literary snapshots, each of them inspired by one particular day of that trip. It's our way of looking back at personal memories and developing them into new, literary forms: as a poem, a piece of short short fiction or an essay.

I live in the Hudson Valley region of New York State, and have many other loves and interests too numerous to list (or, sometimes, pursue!). Cooking, baking, searching flea markets for things I didn’t know existed but can’t live without, all things Native American, geneology and family stories are just a few.

Want to read more about me, my process, and my inspiration? Check out Quilty Therapy's blog post on Seventh Cloud Studio: quiltytherapy.com/upcyclerecycle-seventh-cloud-studios/

Thanks for stopping by – I hope you enjoy Seventh Cloud Studio! Check back often for sales, promotions, and new items.

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