My vision for this workshop involved a version of the traditional “work master” hierarchy. I imagine myself as an orchestra conductor and my fellow shop workers—each an expert in some form of making—my musicians. In this way, our team of highly skilled craftsmen combine traditional methods with today's technological advantages to create an exquisite collection of truly timeless pieces.
We’re trying to make the most beautiful things we can make. As a maker in this context, we’re really up against it. “It” is the boundaries of understanding how to express what is beautiful thru design. ‘It’ is the limit of how fine of a resolution you can work in and how much control you can exert in this medium. We’re constantly bumping up against these limits and exploring how to move the line by some marginal increment. It’s a series of exhilarating, frustrating lessons in greatness and fallibility.
We built this workshop in the old Cassco Ice House building in the Historic District in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia. Designed and built to be an early American ice factory, the refurbished space is perfectly suited to the light manufacturing needs of jewelry making. High ceilings, an open floor plan, generous natural lighting and surrounded by giant sheets of glass, it is a maker's dream space. It is no small advantage to be in a downtown with tremendous support from our community.
Choosing the right space and the right conditions is tremendously important to our mission. If you want to make truly beautiful pieces, one of the conditions is a space that is friendly to workers. You need ergonomic workstations with great lighting and comfortable chairs and the very best tools and an environment conducive to practicing a demanding craft and expanding our skills.
Our mission is making beautiful jewelry.