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When I was a kid, I got my ears pierced at the mall. Like many other young teenagers, it was a right of passage and I was very excited! 2 hours later, my ear broke out in welts. In fact, my entire body broke out in a rash. I tried to wear earring again a few months later, but no luck. I am highly allergic to many metals in my ears and around my neck.

A photojournalist by trade, I took a sculpture class in Art School as a fluke to clear a credit to graduate. I never thought I'd love clay as much as I did, but from that day on, I've been creating all kinds of art with clay, acrylic plastics, wood, metal, rubber and anything I can get my hands on. I started creating clay earrings after spending way too much money on bone and horn earrings from tattoo shops. I looked at a pair I had just spent $75 on and said, "I can make that, and for much cheaper!' That's when it all…

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  • Joined October 19, 2006

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acrylic plastic, copper, silver, dark woods, bamboo, wool, glass, polymer clay, and hemp

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When I was a kid, I got my ears pierced at the mall. Like many other young teenagers, it was a right of passage and I was very excited! 2 hours later, my ear broke out in welts. In fact, my entire body broke out in a rash. I tried to wear earring again a few months later, but no luck. I am highly allergic to many metals in my ears and around my neck.

A photojournalist by trade, I took a sculpture class in Art School as a fluke to clear a credit to graduate. I never thought I'd love clay as much as I did, but from that day on, I've been creating all kinds of art with clay, acrylic plastics, wood, metal, rubber and anything I can get my hands on. I started creating clay earrings after spending way too much money on bone and horn earrings from tattoo shops. I looked at a pair I had just spent $75 on and said, "I can make that, and for much cheaper!' That's when it all started, and I had earrings all over my dresser to match everything I wore.

Friends began to ask me where I got them from. "I made them!!!" I'd reply. Then I was being asked to make wedding gauged earrings or unconventional dangle gauged earrings for friends. A friend suggested I try to sell them at a local hipster craft show. I was hesitant as I wanted to remain very unique and individual, but the extra money for dog food and gas, didn't hurt. I sold 3 pairs and gave out all my cards that were linked to my ETSY account. After that, I photographed everything I had made for myself and decided to sell a few. I still make my living documenting the world with my cameras, I find a calm when I feel the clay in my hands. It always reminds me of the small sculpture studio in the basement of the Corcoran College of Art and Design and how I spent many long nights honing my craft and completely deconstructing what my classically trained teachers had taught me.

Over the years, I've been busy with photo shoots, and wedding photography and caring for my sick mother. I've neglected my shop, but I always come back when a late night of sketching designs inspires me to create something unique.

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