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Beth on Apr 28, 20215 out of 5 stars
I love my new glittery pop socket!! One of a kind!
Cilla on Mar 27, 20215 out of 5 stars
It's so beautiful. I hung it up above my workspace. Thank you for this amazing piece.
Debra on Mar 16, 20215 out of 5 stars
Bought a ring and was so impressed I turned around and ordered another. Was not disappointed. Very talented artist. Thank you so much will definitely come back for more!
Debra on Mar 2, 20215 out of 5 stars
When I received this beautiful wood ring . I was so pleased I immediately went to the shop again and ordered another ring . Made with three different woods cherry,Purple Heart and wenge Sizing was perfect. Talented artist! Will keep my eye on this shop for future purchases!!
Heidi on Feb 23, 20215 out of 5 stars
Super cute! Looks amazing in the light! So sparkly!
Emily on Feb 16, 20215 out of 5 stars
Absolutely gorgeous. The quality was high and the value was amazing. I definitely can’t wait to get more!
Shannon on Feb 15, 20215 out of 5 stars
The colors of this pendant were fantastic. I love that you can wear it two different directions and it looks like different pieces of jewelry.
Julie on Feb 14, 20215 out of 5 stars
I purchased this necklace for my daughter. She is really into the magic and fantasy genre, and I thought this necklace looked completely charming and mystical. She absolutely loves it! She loves to tell people how it's one of a kind and there will never be another like it. The shaping, polishing, and detail in this necklace is total perfection, I don't think a picture can really do it justice.
Anna Bliss on Feb 14, 20215 out of 5 stars
A gift for my daughter - she's not really a girly-girl, but loved the pink and glitter none-the-less. She likes this for keeping small things, the odd bits from her pockets and earrings she wears regularly.
A journey of learning to work with wood and resin, all inspired by my father.
I’ve always been a maker, my dad was someone who could make anything. He built planes, houses, boats, he really could make anything! I remember always being really impressed by that, once I learned that not everyone’s father could do that.
As an adult, most of my career choices were always about making money, not making art or creating. In my free time, I’ve tried almost everything! If you name a craft or hobby, chances are I have tried it. Tried them and enjoyed them but they were always things that I would cycle through and move on to something else. Aside from teaching my son’s friends many of these arts (which is one of the best things I’ve ever done) my creativity would crave something different, something new.
I would always remember with longing, my dad’s workshop and the woodworking he could do. However living in a small house with little space, no power tools and no experience with woodworking, I thought it seem like an impossible hobby to pursue.
Then Covid 19 happened and I was suddenly unemployed, I decided this was my chance! I had been watching videos about resin casting and woodworking but not tried any of it. With my wonderful husband’s support, I took a large portion of our unfinished basement which was filled with junk we didn’t need, had a yard sale and gave away a TON of stuff.
With that money, I bought *gasp* a bandsaw and a belt sander! No idea how to use them! I started going to woodworking stores, asking a lot of questions and drooling over all the beautiful wood choices.
I started casting with resin and I was hooked. I had no idea the sheer number of molds, dyes and glitter on the market. I know now because I’ve attempted to purchase them all! I’ve never worked with anything with so much versatility as resin, the possibilities really are endless! So much to learn and experiment with.
Once I combined the wood and the resin into my first pendant, it clicked. This is what I was meant to do. I’ve never been so inspired as I am with the beauty of the wood and the flexibility of working with resin. I love that moment when I pour the resin into a mold with the wood, because at that moment, I don’t know what it’s going to be yet. So much is revealed when shaping and sanding an item, it’s a surprise to me every time. And the moment when I’ve finished sanding and polishing and I put an oil finish on to reveal what I’ve created? Nothing like it!
So this is my calling, what I’m sure I am meant to make. I hope you love these items as much as I loved making them!
Karen Ross Smith
Local artist, Karen Ross Smith, is inspired by the beauty of wood and the versatility of resin to create gorgeous necklaces, rings, and home decor. The finished pieces’ polished wood has a tactile quality that will remind you of nature.