What: Handcrafted studio jewelry. One-of-a-kind and limited edition rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Most pieces in the collection are designed for women, but a few pieces are unisex. Every piece is handcrafted, using traditional goldsmithing skills. Materials include sterling silver, gold, brass, gemstones and minerals.
Who: Peterson MADE’s artist and owner is Barb Peterson. She is originally from Columbus, Ohio, and moved to Charlotte for a job. Making jewelry started as a hobby. “I was primarily self-taught with some help from craft books and I would simply string beads. As I would wear creations, friends and family would notice and ask – people really seemed to have an interest in what I was making,” she says. Peterson formed a business and began selling at trunk shows. Her first metal fabrication class was in 2011.
On starting a business: “Just get started. Take action. Don’t wait until everything is perfect – because it never will be. Take action, make mistakes and learn from them – then keep moving forward making and honing your craft.”
What sets her business apart: Peterson’s career and development path is unlike most artists’ she says: She worked in business first, then developed her artistic skills. That has helped her, she says.
On motivation: “I feel compelled to design and create. I love tools; I love gems and minerals; I love to sit at my bench and use the skills that have been learned from others.”
Find more CLT Made goods by searching the Observer website for that title, or on the “CLT Made” Pinterest page.