About My Jewelry Boxes : Woods & Craftsmanship of My Jewelry Boxes
The monastery where I lived in the 80’s and early 90’s had an exceptionally well-equipped woodshop. What began as a contemplative hobby soon became a vehicle for me to explore and express my connection to spirit. As I entered into a meditative state, details that might escape others’ notice became prominent and called for my attention. My love for the spiritual qualities of balance, beauty, and getting things “naturally right” carried me through the difficult years of learning woodworking toward mastery of my jewelry boxes.
My passion for woodworking soon found a focus when I was asked to create some designs for jewelry boxes for a client. As I experimented with various design features for jewelry boxes, the idea of working with containers for precious objects really took hold in my mind. I wanted to make pieces that would hold my client’s the most significant possessions. My prototypes for jewelry boxes were extremely well received and I began to wholesale them to galleries and museums around the United States. About four years ago I created this web site so that I could begin to sell my jewelry boxes directly to customers, and the rest is history.
About Me and My Passion for High Quality Jewelry Boxes
Here in Durango, I work with an apprentice crew of about four people who share my love for handwork. I choose the wood for each piece, teach them my craft, and oversee every detail of the creation of the jewelry boxes. They become skilled and at some point move along- a few of them to continue their search for excellence in craft.
In the studio, I enjoy perfecting the details of the jewelry boxes that reflect my passion for quality. I achieve personal and artistic mastery through conscious repetition and continuous improvement on every aspect of the craftsmanship of the jewelry boxes. In our fast paced, complex world, I rely on the simplicity and kinesthetic nature of handwork to keep me in my center and express my spirit. Some say they can feel this spiritual presence in my jewelry boxes.
If you want to know more about me and my jewelry boxes, give me a call. Contact Russ. I am always around. I’ll answer the phone and serve you with the same personal focus on your needs that I give to each of my jewelry boxes.
The Role of Craft, Artists, and their Supporters
In a book featuring my work, Objects for Use: Handmade by Design, Holly Hotchner, American Craft Museum Director, writes,
“Art, craft, and design are ultimately about relationships established between the makers of things and the individuals who become the possessors, consumers, and users of those things. Through these objects we are invited into the artistic, emotional, and spiritual worlds of the creator; by selecting and using these objects, we complete a creative process begun by the maker. Objects designed and made for use underline humanistic values honored and shared by makers and consumers, values that give meaning and purpose to our lives at many levels.”
With my jewelry boxes, I invite you into my world with the hope of enriching your own.