After spending many years in the corporate world jewelry designer Judi Powers was ready for a change. She enrolled in a jewelry making class in 2002 and found her true passion.
Judi has taken classes at 92Y, Jewelry Arts Institute, S.V.A. (School of Visual Arts in NYC), Brooklyn Metal Works and Studio Jewelers. In 2013 she earned her AAS Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Jewelry Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
I had a chance to meet her recently and we discussed what it takes to make a HUGE career change after almost 20 years in marketing. I was also fascinated with Judi’s choice of materials. Working with a lot of raw stones and unusual gemstones like dendritic agate her work is quite unique.
Learn about sustainability in jewelry and why she chooses materials like green gold. Inspired by nature and her grandmother Judi’s story is an inspiration for all and a great lesson on where jewelry actually comes from and how labor intensive some work can be.
Take a look at her website and be awed by her talent. Complete disclosure, I ended up buying one of her rings and I haven’t taken it off!