|Celie Fago in her home // studio.|
Not only has Jen become one of my great friends since moving to Vermont, but I (along with all of the women of Burlington) lust after her creations.
|Jen with Kiwi the smartest little dog with a million tricks!|
That's why I was so excited to have had the opportunity to visit the studio and home of Jen's mentor, Celie Fago. Jen lived and was an apprentice of Celie's for 9 years. Jen prefaced me about how neat of an experience it was going to be.
|(left: lockets by Celie Fago; right: PMC earrings by Celie Fago)|
Celie Fago is a teacher of PMC [precious metal clay] among other medias and is highly regarded in her field for her groundbreaking techniques.
I love seeing other people's workspaces, but Celie's was incredibly inspirational. Sometimes, especially in the dead of winter, I really need an enlightening experience, and usually it happens when I'm not looking for it. Celie's house/studio is like a museum of things that have inspired her.
At every glance there is a something wonderful to look at.
|Celie Fago's colorful collection of beads|
For some reason, inspiration always tends to be tied into nostalgia somehow. And I immediately began falling in love with Vermont all over during my mini-road trip.
|(beautiful stained glass in Celie's kitchen made by her father)|
I loved Celie's carved twigs (pictured upper left) and also seeing a collection fresh off the trail that will become jewelry one day.
|(left: commemorative locket right: beautiful peter pan collar necklace with pearl by ELMHarris)|
I met Celie's current apprentice, Erin, who also makes beautiful jewelry from PMC. She has a line of jewelry that could be worn for a special occasion or every day and commemorative pieces.
Ah, such a refreshing trip! Thanks to Celie, Erin and Jen for allowing me to photograph them and their pieces.
For those of you who don't know of Jen Kahn's addicting jewelry, I am telling you that you must check her out. Her designs are perfection and there is a piece for every woman.
She's been killing it promoting her chakra line through a kickstarter campaign that launched last week.
I would highly recommend checking it out and making a pledge. Not only will you receive a beautiful piece of art, but you will be supporting a wonderful person as well! And don't we all love to support artists who just happen to also be nice people?