Metamorphosis=a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.
I’m Kelly Diemond (yep, it’s “diamond” like the ring) and my own transformation into a creative began at my kitchen counter, making wine charms with my neighbor so she wouldn’t, you know, drink my wine…
We got a little crazy and started looking around for a class to take our skills beyond the charm level, but could not find even ONE in Syracuse.
I began having teachers come to my home, traveling to Rochester and Utica to learn metalsmithing skills, supplementing those foundational skills with teaching myself using books and videos.
I completely fell in love with making jewelry and began to see how this could become a bigger part of my life. I began teaching myself and doing shows to sell my work.
In 2016 I resigned from my full time job as the Assistant Executive Director of a Non-Profit, to devote more time to my business and in 2018 I opened my own studio/school/party room.
The studio was born from a desire to share what I love doing with you, in hopes that you will find it as mysterious and engaging as I do. It’s not always easy, nothing worth doing ever is, but if you can work through the bumps, I think you will find it deeply rewarding on levels you never would have suspected.
Sometimes we melt things or our projects don’t turn out the way we planned. Other times we surprise ourselves with what we just pulled off. Either way, its all an experiment and we learn more from each one.
Our classes are designed for beginners and students new to jewelry making. I’m here to give you the introductory skills in making jewelry from metal-things like sawing, soldering and fusing metal. We mainly use copper, bronze and silver in our classes.
These are not classes where everyone’s work looks just like the teacher’s. You can do that if you want, but you’re welcome to bring your own design ideas and your own flair and style to each class (and we like it when you do!)
I’m also available to teach a class for your party or event-either in the studio or at a location you choose. Contact me here for the details.
I also invite guest teachers into the studio to share special skills that interest our students. If you, or anyone you know is a jewelry teacher, please feel free to connect as well.
I hope you’ll join me to begin your own transformation with little bits of metal, beads and a curious heart.