Creating jewelry may seem like a business that is cold as stone, but for fifth generation, jeweler,Kathy Glass, the warmth her pieces bring to her customers is anything but. Kathy recalled a recent customer who moved her most, "I had a lady come in around Christmas, she told me her story of it being a bad marriage, and this was like an angel pulling her out of the fire, and it was an amazing angel that came out of it."
Creating these one-of-a-kind pieces takes not only years of practice, but also a special connection to your craft. Kathy explained, "I sat down at the bench when I was 15, and it was like waking up memories, it just comes really natural to me."
And while here customers are wearing her beaded jewels Kathy is wearing beads of sweat. "When you are pulling up metal, and making the prongs, after forty years," Kathy continues, "I hurt for days, straight up!." And although her work is trying it is well worth it. "To create something from nothing, for what is in someone's head or in their heart, is really rewarding," Kathy explained.
The entire process of molding a piece of gold or silver and creating a piece of art, can be boiled down to one important thing. "If you are willing to listen to the customer, they are willing to talk," Kathy said.
For Kathy who has been in the business for over 40 years, each day is a new adventure, and she can't wait too see what the next customer has in store for her.