It’s hard to believe it’s time to start designing my next collection.  Sometimes creative abandon comes easily, like a glass that over flows when the faucet is left on.  Then there are times it feels like squeezing blood from a stone, and is almost as painful for me as it sounds.  Right now there is more inspiration pouring out of me than I can ever remember. For this I am thankful.  It feels so good to be cultivating what it is I love about being a jewelry designer. And that is being an artist.  It took a long time to see myself as an artist.  I just figured I liked to make things, all things, really. But I’ve become comfortable with my artist hat and now wear it proudly.

There is a picture that kind of haunts me. In a good way. One of the most peaceful places I have ever been is floating below the surface of the ocean.  The beauty is deafening.  Growing up in a west coast beach town I have been fortunate to have this experience a lot.  This is the place I visit in my head when I am looking for peace of mind and the feeling of being grounded.  It is times that I am most grounded that my best creations are born. Lately I have been nurturing the memories of my roots, probably compelled to do so in my role as a mother. Because of this I guess it should come as no surprise that my passion is so full and my current creations so bountiful.      -Courtney

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