We're excited to bring you another in a series of profiles to introduce you to a few of our artisans coming to the 7th Annual Crafty Mart Holiday Show on Saturday and Sunday, November 28th-29th. This is just one in a series of Vendor Spotlights where we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do. The following profile is Roza from Rusty Chain Jewelry and her response to a mini-questionnaire.
1). What's your name and what is it that you make?
My name is Roza Maille and I make jewelry in my home studio in Akron. I like to work with copper, brass, and sterling silver if I'm feeling fancy. I use a jeweler's saw to create shapes, silhouettes, and symbols out of sheet metal and then assemble them into wearable pieces.
2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?
I learned about metalsmithing while attending college at Kent State University. I took an intro class on a whim my freshman year and fell in love. I stuck with it and earned my BFA in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling from KSU in 2006.
3). What is your best seller?
Definitely my Ohio Necklace. I've been making them since 2008 and I've probably sold hundreds of them at this point. People like wearing something that shows their hometown pride.
4). How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?
I started making my jewelry line in 2007, I believe. I started off by splitting tables with my sister at various Cleveland indie craft shows. I didn't start vending regularly until Crafty Mart came along in 2009. I like to think of myself as an OG in the Crafty Mart gang. I've been on board since the very beginning because Crafty Mart really supports the area vendors and artists. I probably would have given up by now if it wasn't for you guys! xoxo <3
5). Coffee or tea?
I like tea but coffee is definitely essential for everyday life.
Thank you for answering our questions Roza. Thanks for coming to the 7th Annual Crafty Mart Holiday Show too. We'll see everyone on Sat. & Sun. Nov. 28th-29th at Musica, Akron Art Museum, and Summit Artspace. You'll be able to find Rusty Chain Jewelry at the Akron Art Museum.