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Sara Westermark

Artist: Sara Westermark
Wilmington North Carolina USA Etsy Shop

Biography

Hand Fabricated Organic Inspired Jewelry

My love of metalsmithing began in 2006 when I first forged a piece of sterling wire with a hammer. I was obsessed with learning as much as I could about making jewelry from that point. I read every book I could get my hand on.

In High School I wanted to learn how to make jewelry, but the only option that I could see was trade school training for a bench jeweler. My father wanted us all to have a formal education, so I studied classical singing. (I know another very practical field).

I had wanted to leave an adjunct teaching position to spend more time with my newborn son, and calculated that I just needed to earn a few hundred dollars a month to be able to stay at home with him. So I took a leap of faith and hit the ground running. I sold my jewelry in home shows, churches, and began my etsy shop in 2007.

I joined Etsy Metal and made many great friends in that group. I owe them for all the advice and encouragement they have given to me. I learned how to take pictures with my canon elph, market my stuff, and make things that sell so that I can afford to do the art I love to do.

The next year I was a featured artist on etsy and my sales exploded over the next year. I have been working around the clock to manage my business since 2006. I still love making jewelry. Being in the studio helps me connect my racing mind with my body.