I had the wonderful opportunity a while back to meet and photograph one of Lodi’s great artists, Natalie Hansen. Natalie has recently begun to sell some of her amazing jewelry at The Perfect Pear, in the Lakewood Mall (next to Rick’s Pizza). If you have the chance you must stop by and take a look at her work in person. Her pieces are so unique and custom with a vintage flair. Her blog site is great too! Be sure to check it out.
And, on Saturday, October 8th, from noon to 3 pm, Natalie will be teaching a jewelry making class at The Perfect Pear. Make your own custom and beautiful charm to add to a bracelet or necklace. The charms will be cast in sterling silver right before your eyes. It’s a chance to make and take home a gift for you or someone special. The cost for the class is $45.00. Space is limited so stop by the store or email Brenda Vecchiarelli at email@example.com to sign up. Or you can all the store at 209.368.8248. I hope to see you all there!
I decided I would do a little interview of Natalie (because I think she is so fab) to include with some of her pictures for this blog post. Enjoy!
What are 3 things we should know about you?
Hmmm..3 things? I love to make gifts for people, because they always come from my heart. I love chippy, rusty, old things! And I am a breast cancer survivor.
Define your style in 5 words:
Style? vintage(y), artsy, casual, folksy, with a little funky thrown in on occasion!
What is your specialty?
My specialty is making soldered and torched metal jewelry…but I also make silver charms, love to paint, do paper arts, and embroidery!
What inspires your work?
I love words, and often include inspirational words, quotes or sayings in my art.
Divulge one of your dreams for your business:
One of my dreams is to really put myself out there, and go for it! To be more brave, and to be more organized!
What do you love most about designing jewelry?
What I love most about designing jewelry is making one of a kind pieces. It’s so rewarding, when someone wants to wear it…
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I hope to be selling more art, and teaching more classes!
If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be & why?
If I could meet anyone in the world it would be my Great Grandparents…they immigrated to the US from Italy, and I would have so many questions to ask them.
What advice do you have for new artists/designers?
The advice that I would give, is to do what you love…be true to your style, and realize that the world is full of inspiration!