When I create related groups of jewelry, themes emerge. Often, they arise from places I feel deeply connected to. One of those places is Lake Erie. Being one of the Great Lakes implies, well, greatness. Ironically, the lake has a surprising feeling of coziness, despite its immensity. In fact, from the water’s edge in Western New York, you can see Canada–in some places, you could almost throw a baseball from one side to the other.
Lake Erie is a moody lake, alive with personality and soul. Her storms can be terrifying, the waves attacking the shoreline furiously. But she always returns to peace, welcoming us back as we walk along the water’s edge, cool water enveloping our feet as we search for treasure: pieces of glass, edges worn smooth, colors muted to echo those of the lake.
Then there are the sunsets. Growing up on the east side, facing west, I was treated to a childhood of sunsets, always waiting until the sun dipped below the horizon. That was when the best colors came out. It was the stunning marriage of water and sky, a gift of harmony and beauty, never the same twice.
Inspired by my beloved lake, I recently crafted a collection of bracelets, necklaces, and earrings using stones and glass from Lake Erie. The water’s edge gives us the most interesting combinations of stones and glass crafted by Mother Nature herself, using one simple magical tool: erosion. As a result, each stone that emerges from the lake is unique, flaunting its own special shape and color.
I’m a water’s edge person through and through. Though I no longer live near Lake Erie, I carry her with me in the form of jewelry. Creating my Lake Erie Love collection is a way for me to share a part of myself with you.