At first I think that once again, I’ve gotten myself lost. There isn’t much sign of a jewelry studio around–that being under the false assumption that a prescribed look of a jewelry studio even exists–but, I finally decide to pull into the empty driveway that Siri has so enthusiastically directed me to, and give Jodi a call. I’m in the right place. I get out of the car and i am immediately enamored with the place. It’s removed, rustic, quiet, and charming. I can see just slightly into an open space behind a large brown gate and wonder what else might lie in this hidden little quarry. But I don’t have much time to wonder before the rest of the Eliza girls show up and the show is on. Jodi Rae’s studio has the common machinery of any jewelry connoisseur, but all with touches of Jodi. Standing out opposite the entrance is a beautiful golden framed photo of herself posed warmly with two very important women, her mother and grandmother. She has images of her adorable pup – one she had never thought she’d have—a stereo to keep the vibes through late nights, various odds and ends, and of course, jewelry. She has lots of jewelry. This room is the birth place of many of her spectacular creations! We’re allowed to view the beautiful stones before they’re dressed up with clasps, chains, and bands. Before they’re spit on and shined—though probably not real spit, right Jodi? But we wouldn’t care. Because they’re one of a kind and they make us feel glamorous and downright special. She provides us with an informative look around and then, she humbly and graciously answers a few of our questions that provide us a better glance into the woman behind the burnisher.
Here’s a snippet of the interview we had with Jamie….
Lisa: Are you into any new trends right now?
Jodi: I don’t really follow them. I’m not really sure what they are right now exactly but I like to make classic timeless things and stay away from the fads so that things last and I can see them come back in years, still loving their piece and having the same sentimentality
Lisa: There are so many of them! So how do you pick stones?
Jodi: Mostly it depends on whatever mood I’m in. Now I’m in the bright fun spring colors so I try to go with whatever is cohesive; whatever goes together and gives me spring.
Lisa: And what would you say, if you had to choose, is your favorite stone?
Jodi: Ummm, druzys. There’s so much you can do with them and they just have this incredible shine. It’s on my neck right now actually…And Labradorite as well. It has been used forever but it’s finally coming into style.
Lisa: How long does it take you to make a piece with your stones?
Jodi: It takes about…3 hours for one necklace. But I don’t just work piece to piece. Normally I work on different things at the same time. Moving to and from whatever I feel like working on at the moment.
Lisa: What about any new techniques? Anything that would cause it to extend that 3 hours?
Jodi : Not recently, but, I am trying more difficult sets now which is exciting.
Lisa: Would you say your style has remained constant?
Jodi: No. I’ve definitely evolved over the years. My style used to be a lot more dainty with smooth and swirly designs, to more use of matte and minerals to give it more of a durable quality but still feminine.
Lisa: And are you working on anything right now?
Jodi: Yes, there’s actually a show in Baltimore that’s coming up that I have to prepare for so I’ve been…busy. About 60 hours a week right now.
Before, during, and after the interview, Jodi was very accommodating in her jewelry haven. She showed us around from table to table and here for you lovelies are some of the wonderful photos of Jodi Rae’s studio.
Thank you all so much for your support! Hope you enjoyed this glance in to the Jodi Rae window as much as we did. I personally was in a heaven of new information! Have a lovely rest of the week!