Hi there! My name is Stephanie Maslow-Blackman and I've been a metalsmith for over 14 years. Yes, I am an old lady. Well middle aged. But I like to think of myself as a hot mama so let's pretend you don't know I'm almost 40. Shhhh.
I love working with metal the most. Coming up with ideas during daydreams or half-sleep or being inspired by architecture or nature or people. I just love to make jewelry, so I guess anything can inspire me to make something. I also love gorgeous gemmy stones, they're like candy! So I try to incorporate them into my work, like in this brand new piece I made based on my bubbles collection (nature + architecture + gemstones = new piece). Yahoo!
I'm also a wife, a mom and mostly a crazy-haired-entrepreneur. I have 2 boys age 1 1/2 and 6 1/2. I put the 1/2 in there because if the older one reads this he's going to be mad that I didn't. I try to maintain a work-home life balance because it's really important to me to spend time with them, especially while they're young. So I spend about 3 days working and the rest of the time I try to be 'mom' the best I can. And though my blanket forts are second-to-none, my cooking could be improved. *sigh*
I feel lucky and blessed to have created a life where I can be the person I want to be, and I work hard at it every day. Hopefully this will rub off on my kids. Happiness is more important than money boys, got that? Thanks to my Jets for the opportunity to shine today, it really means a lot to me! Love ya gals!