Hey It’s Julie.
Welcome to Episode 5 aptly named Shiny Silver Objects. You’ll see why that title makes sense when you listen to my great interview with jewelry artist, Michele Grady in this episode.
Michele is a self-taught jewelry artist and metalsmith and she’s been making jewelry for as long as she can remember. Stringing beads as a child and making clay pendants in school segued to metalsmithing which she fell in love with at the age of 18. And she’s never looked back. This has been her passion for over 25 years. She has also taught metalsmithing and precious metal clay classes as a certified instructor. In fact, she has taught hundreds of people, many who have gone on to work as jewelry artists and form their own businesses. Her work has been sold to customers all over the world and it is all created in her personal studio in New Jersey. In addition to her already hefty resume, she is also a social media influencer.
She and I met when I owned my art gallery that I talked about in Episode 1. We got to be friendly and I not only liked her work but found her to be an interesting person for a variety of reasons. Unlike some of my other guests, she doesn’t really have a reinvention story related to her career. She found her passion early and charged full speed ahead with it ever since. I greatly admire that. It’s not that it’s unusual to find your passion. However for that passion to develop into a career as a working jewelry artist and successful business owner, and to make a living at it for over 25 years is incredible.
She has managed all of this success as a single mom and full time care-giver for her son with SMA which is a form of Muscular Dystrophy. She is not someone who sits and waits for things to happen and she navigates her life and her career with talent and grace.
Learn about how selling handmade jewelry is changing, some wholesale and retail tips, and more in this interesting conversation with a successful working jewelry artist and influencer.
Host: Julie Basello
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