Yummy & Company
Tell us about your business.My studio is based out of Hampden, one of Baltimore's quirkiest neighborhoods. This is where I create one of a kind and limited edition pieces of jewelry from either recycled copper, brass, clay, and silver, sometimes I end up mixing these with vintage pieces! I've always gotten a kick out of making things, and being a jewelry designer allows me to come up with new designs and ideas on a constant basis! I truly love being able to create little pieces of art that anyone can afford and enjoy. As a craftsman today, it's tough to compete in a market full of cheap stuff made overseas, but I don't let this bother me too much. I know that a lot of folks still care about where and who their goods come from. I'm proud to be a maker of things, and proud to call Baltimore home!
What makes your business stand out?Growing up, I spent countless hours playing in the creek and exploring the woods behind our house, making necklaces and crowns out of twigs and clovers. I also spent a lot of time digging through my mom's jewelry box. I am still charmed by the intricacies of nature, and seek to capture it's beauty in my work. In my newest pieces, I've managed merged my two favorite pastimes, setting my one of a kind clay designs in vintage and antique settings. My line is inspired and informed by tradition and history, but not bound by it.
What's the best business advice you've received?Love what you do and appreciate your customers! It will show in everything you do. The energy, joy and effort that you put into your craft will attract an amazingly loyal and devoted customer base. I do many retail shows and get plenty of chances to meet and engage with my customers, not only do they offer feedback and support, but they are always great sources of ideas and inspiration! I love my customers!
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 9, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.Meet the judges
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
Vote for your favorite American makers.See the finalists
Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.See past Award Winners
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
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