The “Thank You” Blog14 Nov 2010, by Uncategorized in
People say very nice things to me regarding the work I do in India. It is incredibly supportive and very nice to hear. However, there is a small army of people, friends and family alike, who support me and make it possible for me to be here, professionally and personally. A “thank you” blog is long overdue!
The community of studio jewelers, goldsmiths and instructors, especially in the San Francisco Bay area, are truly an amazing bunch. These are completely selfless people who have donated or provided: time, tools, advice, mentoring, instruction, legwork negotiating vendors in the City, promoting the abolitionist cause and more. Everyone has chipped in and to say I am “grateful” is an understatement.
Alan Revere, Founder of The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, and the staff there: Christine Dhein, Vasken Tanielian, Ronda Coryell, Glenda Ruth and Emiko Oye have been unconditionally supportive. There is no way our programs here would be so successful without their participation in helping me be a better metalsmith and instructor. Additionally, they promote, support, spend valuable time with me and help me network to the right person who can help me with what ever crisis has popped up. That is also true of Michael David Sturlin who donated a full day of his precious time in between instructing at Revere Academy to discuss the jewelry program, our specific challenges and to provide advice (on a wealth of different topics).
An organization of ‘smiths in the Bay, The Jewelry Artisans Collective (JAC), founded by Ben Fisher is just amazing. Ben is truly a “Kaku” or “Uncle” to the Made By Survivors jewelry program. A kind, gentle soul who is always ready help in anyway: from collecting, housing and DONATING (the lion’s share) of jewelry tools for the tool drive, TWICE. Also, not forgotten, to help carry said heavy tools to random parking garages off Market Street and to run around to vendors and tool suppliers on days when I could not get to San Francisco before my departure. Rasmig, his stonesetting studio-mate also gets props here, as well as, Jenny Reeves and all members of the JAC who have taken the time to check out their bench and part with something they spent hard earned money on, and then bug their friends to do the same. Lastly, thank you to all the individual jewelers and ‘smiths across the country who mailed tools, reposted program updates on social media and have helped spread the word.
All this help not only helped me get out the door to India for half a year, but also helped me provide the survivors with a comprehensive program that will positively impact their lives forever. I haven’t even been able to take these jewelers up on all their offers to help, yet…
On a personal note, I’d like to thank my supportive Mom and Dad, and step parents. No matter what crazy idea I tell them I am pursuing (working my whole young life towards being a lawyer then not going to law school, leaving my Madison Ave. PR job for the Sierra Nevadas to ski, Sommelier School, Jewelry Arts School, the list goes on) completely support me in following the pangings from my soul and understand my parameters for defining success are not conventional. Finally, thanks to my husband, Jeff, who is really making the biggest sacrifice; saying “namaste” to me after two months of marriage so I may return to India. He is juggling new work, our household, pets, finances, the shipping for my jewelry business and then some. Not to mention all the Indian men on staff here want to know: “How is he surviving; what does he do for food?” It is so difficult to be apart but he never misses an opportunity to encourage me and help me through the rough spots…when Skype is working.