Buddy Austin ~ Founder & Goldsmith
I feel very fortunate to say that my passion is also my profession, and that many life experiences have brought me to this point of converged life purpose. When I was seven years old I started taking art lessons, and quickly found that I was pulled towards creating small-scale, detailed drawings. My favorite tool for years was a fine tip sharpie: thoughtful decision making, meticulousness, and colliding intersections of the minute forming larger ideas or emotions expressed in a design or image.
Years later, I took a trip that would illuminate for me what was truly important in life and set the path for me to become a professional artist. In 2007, I had the privilege to go to Spain, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, and New Zealand. Before I took off, my roommate gave me a wire wrapped Labradorite pendant and my sister gave me a Journal. The pendant never left my neck and I wrote in my journal every day.
Through traveling and journaling, I was able to view my life with a new lens; recognizing that my happiest moments were spent creating art and hiking.
In 2008, Wire Wrapping became my artistic medium of choice, and I spent countless hours practicing and seeking out the best gems and minerals to work with. I called back upon all those years spent working with tight, precision drawings and transferred it into my Wire Wrapping designs. Even now, I still seem to be pushing my art to get smaller and more detailed as time goes by. My most recent acquisition was a microscope which has opened up a whole new realm of possibilities.
Today I have expertise in wire wrapping, mineralogy, product photography, fabrication, stone setting, engraving, casting, and wax carving. It would be difficult to label my jewelry under one specific niche as I both blend the lines of and yet also distinctly create fine jewelry, fashion jewelry and festival jewelry. Each gemstone used is carefully selected and I take pride in the diligence carried through from design to finished product.
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