Over the years I have tried many crafts to satisfy my creative drive. Jewelry is the one that stuck. It all started with a $15 bead kit. That led to metalworking classes which led to enameling. Recently I have begun to work with ceramics, including raku.
Before making jewelry I rarely wore it. My personal style is quite casual and simple, so most jewelry felt too dressy. As I started to experiment and produce my own pieces, I began to enjoy wearing what I made.
I always strive to produce pieces that are well-crafted, attractive and edgy. My most successful designs are a result of an organic, experimental process. My vague ideas come together as I play with the components. One client described my designs as jewelry collages. I hope you find them interesting.
The name of my Etsy shop, Chi-town Design was partially chosen by my niece who helped me set it up. Since I live in "Chicagoland" and Chicago is an edgy city that has great design, ethnic diversity, and natural beauty, I think it is appropriate. You can navigate to my shop by pressing the "SHOP" button at the top of the page.
"I am enchanted !!! Fabulous piece of art ! Charming Raku hand work, GREAT ! I enjoy! Thanks Marti!"
"A beautiful piece, earthy but vibrant, and extremely comfortable to wear. Thank you!"