Thursday, December 29, 2011

lee ohio

photo by south mississippi living, 2011

some of the most beautiful jewelry on etsy can be found at lee ohio. this lovely shop is owned by jennifer, who also creates each piece. she is my etsy featured seller this month.

Please tell us a little about yourself.
The visual arts in general, and painting in particular, have always been my passion. I moved away from the state of Maine to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design and earned my Bachelor's of Fine art in Painting with a minor in art history. At the time I was also working as a design assistant for a costume jewelry designer. The basic training and skills I acquired as an assistant along with my formal training as an academic painter was the perfect combination to open up the world to me as a the creator of wearable fine art.
At present I live and work full-time as an artist and designer on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.

What made you want to start your Etsy shop?
When I began this adventure as full time artist in 2007 I was unaware of Etsy. A friend showed me it and at the time it seemed like a natural extension to any company or artist working in the growing global marketplace. With the current state of the economy it has become an essential part of my business plan.

What inspires your jewelry designs?
Ironically, my work is inspired by the ephemeral (ironic I say as each piece is carefully created to be anything but). Fleeting looks caught in old photographs, an awareness that something special is being captured, nostalgia, and tiny details no one else will notice. As well I pull from the more permanent: the past century and a half or so, Louis Comfort Tiffany's stained glass, Art Nouveau architecture and Miriam Haskell's costume jewelry of the 20s-50s.
On my many sites I state over and over again that, for me, "It is not about creating a large volume of work - but creating a concise, interrelated body of work that is exceptional." Every piece is so very carefully conceived from conception to completion - so much so it may border on the level of ridiculous. Many pieces take weeks or months to complete because I'm waiting for just the right stone or antique element to finish it. But whatever the piece, whether it has one of my hand-selected natural curiosities or a coveted antique element, each of these statements is true: the designs have a subtle elegance and delicate glamour; each is individually composed, almost all one of a kind, and hand-fabricated by me in my studio.
I take the old to make it new and I take the new and give it history.

Do you have a favorite piece that you have made?
That is a hard question. Most of the time I am very pleased with my work but every so often I have a finished piece, or an element within a piece, that I become quite fond of. I think it is a tie between the Martinete brooch and the Lisle necklace with an antique Art Nouveau brooch.

Other than creating beautiful jewelry, what are your favorite things to do?
I'm an avid collector of depression-ware, jadite specifically! I just love to collect, I should say that. When it is warm I garden a bit. I also love to travel and am a bit of a political junkie. I am a proud supporter of the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and other organizations dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the protection of wildlife. My two dogs are the loveliest creatures on earth.

Jennifer has been so kind as to offer my readers both a coupon code and a giveaway. Use the coupon code THANKYOU at check out at her etsy store to get 15% off. If you'd like to enter the Jadite necklace giveaway (see photo above), please comment on this blog post (Winner will be picked at random on January 10th. You can only comment once or you will be disqualified). Jennifer describes the necklace as "Chrysoprase & green onyx charm necklace with blackened & bright sterling silver".


33 comments:

  1. Oh please please please pick me! My birthday is on 1/15 and this would be the perfect compliment to my "birthday outfit." :) Beautiful jewelry Lee and great post as usual Kate.

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  2. Everyone who knows me is aware that my two favourite shops are owned and operated by Jennifer and Kate :D I think that they both get a portion of my pay check each month! Therefore, I would love to win one of Jennifer's creations......then I could match my dishes!! :D

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  3. I never knew green gemstones could be so beautiful! This combination of chrysoprase and onyx is gorgeous!

    ~Su
    tan.sufen[at!]yahoo.com

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  4. what a lovely interview to go with the amazing necklace. it's wonderful to use your gifts to make a living. congratulations!

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  5. per usual of Jennifer's designs... just beautiful...

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  6. Jennifer's designs are exceptional and it's easy to tell her work from the multitude of jewelry designers on Etsy. The attention to detail and unique designs are drool worthy.

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  7. gorgeous work , thanks .
    tumblemumbo at gmail.com
    intl.

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  8. I love Lee Ohio creations and treasure each piece that I am so very lucky to have. This necklace is beautiful and I would love to wear it! So...please pick me!
    Linda
    linda.bertetta@gmail.com

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  9. Please pick me, I love love love all of Jennifer's work!!! She is amazing! I was so lucky to get a beautiful necklace made by Jennifer for christmas!!! :D I adore all of her work! I can't wait to add more to my collection!!
    Devin
    Devnb7@yahoo.com

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  10. Love this post:) Thanks for sharing with us:) Please enter my name in for this wonderful necklace.

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  11. A wonderful interview. Thank you for sharing. I am a fan of Jennifer's jewelry creations - she is an inspiration and a lovely person.
    xx

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  12. Hi Jen,
    I hope you had a wonderful holiday…. It’s been very crazy for me. These past two weeks my uncle Carl had several seizures, and is diagnosed with cancer. My grandmother Fernn has been to the hospital everyday with uncle Carl for twelve hours. I believe if I win this celadon, granny smith apple, and fringy flower green Chrysoprase & green onyx tear drop necklace. It would put more then just a smile on Fernn’s face. She’s a huge jewelry fan, and this necklace would put her in a good mood. It’s even is shades and tints of green which is her favorite color/s. Thanks Jen, you are truly the best ever, to put one of your handmade pieces out for a giveaway. Your are so thoughtful and kind!!!
    Thanks again kindly, Emily VanDerMaelen

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  13. What a great opportunity! The necklace is stunning. Thank you!

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  14. This necklace is to-die-for! Absolutely stunning. Green is my favorite color! Going to scope out her shop right now. Thanks for the great feature!

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  15. Jennifer is even more wonderful than her jewelry designs and as you can see that is high praise. <3 Thank you so much for letting me know about the give-away, Jennifer. This necklace is so beautiful. XO laura

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  16. OOOOh! What better way to celebrate buying (still) another cabinet full of Jadite than to win a beautiful jadite necklace!!!?

    Thanks so much for this opportunity to win. Have just discovered your blog in the last three days and I dearly love it.

    Greta

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  17. Such a beautiful necklace and an inspiring interview!! Love your blog and your etsy shop!

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  18. your work is stunning jen! the Jadite necklace is particularly breathtaking! love and miss!!!
    -Ali Ireland

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  19. Wow! What a generous giveaway! Thanks to you both. Happy New Year!

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  20. What a nice interview and such beautiful jewelry that Jennifer creates! Thank you!
    -Carolyn

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  21. What a beautiful necklace! I would love to add it to my collection!

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  22. Wow, insanely beautiful etsy shop, love the necklace!

    xo
    wendy

    wendysheart@gmail.com

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  23. We enjoyed the great interview. We love Jennifer's creations and her so much. It is classic, modern and magical.

    Lots of love,

    Mie and Tilly xoxox

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  24. Very nice interview. I'm also a collector of jadite and am fortunate enough to work in an antique co-op. Although my husband would prefer we eat off paper plates sometimes. I would certainly be the envy of friends and family if I was lucky enough to be the new (and proud) wearer of Jennifer's beautiful necklace. Good luck to all and thank you Kate for a wonderful blog.
    Leslie

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  25. I adore the delicacy of Lee Ohio collections. The lavish purity set out in her designs is breathtaking. The entire collection reflects a statement of refined beauty and elegance. To have anything handcrafted from a visionary artist like Jennifer is something spectacular.
    kgarratt@cogeco.ca

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  26. Love your jewelry! It is all so "original" & beautiful! Enjoying your updates & seeing your new creations!

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  27. I own no jewelry.... Not even a wedding ring, even though I am married. Yet, Lee Ohio Designs brings out a jewelry passion in me that I never thought I had. I am ready to start my collection! :)))

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  28. Beautiful necklace Jen! Your designs are original and elegant.

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  29. Oh, so love Jen's work. Every little bit. And this piece is stunning!

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  30. Oooo! Pick me! Pick me! That necklace is exquisite!

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  31. What beautiful work! Thank you for bringing her work to us. :)

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  32. So nice...and perfect for your blog! I love her style too!

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  33. Thank you Kate for this wonderful opportunity to share my love and my passion. Much appreciation as well to everyone who took the time to read the piece. Congratulations to Kim Garrat who won my jadite inspired charm necklace. Cheers!
    -Jennifer

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