Saturday, 17 January 2009

Saturday Spotlight - Beth Cyr - Jeweller

Introducing Beth Cyr. Here is a short interview with Beth. A fine jeweller based in USA

When someone asks you "What do you do?" What is your reply?

ha ha, thats funny, b/c I never really know. Sometimes I say "metalsmith, sometimes, "jeweler", sometimes I say "I make jewelry" which sounds really mundane, but honest! Sometimes I say "artist", I suppose it depends on who asks and what day of the week it is.

Why did you choose this profession?

I loved working with metal, 3-dimensional art is much easier for me, and I love the practicality of creating wearable art. I like making things that have a function, even if the main function is just to be more adorned! Jewelry also seemed more marketable and a way to actually make a living as an artist. Maybe it was just that it was l loved best, so it made sense. I knew that I wanted to work for myself and sell what I made. I love the saying "Do what you love and you never have to work a day in your life" Though I would say that is pretty close to the truth, some days do feel like "work" but I wouldn't trade it for anything else!

What is your favorite skill/technique?

Fusing, for sure. I love my torch so much. I do love wax work and casting, but if the whole melting process wasn't there, I don't think I'd love it as much! I love the control you have to have when fusing, but the slightly unpredictable nature of the metal, that it won't always do the same thing, keeps it exciting!

What skill would you like to learn?

enameling! I have the enamels, I just haven't taken the time to start learning how to use them.

What is your workshop like?

Right now, cold! There is a woodburning stove and a couple of very small space heaters - I share it with my fiance who is a carpenter/woodworker. So its pretty big and there are lots of tools in it! I just got a new workbench (that was built special for me!) and I am very very excited about it. most recent photo:

What is your main goal this year?

My main goal this year is to work more with gold, create at least two more wedding band sets and then finish up my website that will be focused on my wedding rings. That sort of sounds like several goals... but in my head its all sort of together.

Please provide links to five of your favorite websites. (Blogs, Artists or Whatever)

Only 5?? Well.. I'd say my blogger dashboard b/c it has links to all my friends' blogs - Its a great way to keep up with what everyone is doing - but there are too many of those to list - so I'll just count it all as one!

I am a big fan of flickr:
and etsy of course: - vegan recipes galore!
and my totally random one that I love checking out every so often is Nasa's Astronomy Picture of the Day!

Where can people find you?

my blog:
my sadly outdated website:


Thanks Beth

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