Meet the maker
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Hello friends ! I'm Tracy who creates the jewelry at CollectionsbyTracy.
Each piece of jewelry is hand created by me. It's a style of jewelry that I would wear to enhance my feelings of confidence and beauty. My jewelry line can also be passed down to generations to come because its made with precious metals and gemstones. Every piece I make is made with passion from every cut, pierce, hammer, and fire mark. I enjoy making wearable art made with valuable precious metals, and stones.
A little about me. I was born in Germany, raised in Ohio, and now I live in the beautiful state of Kentucky. My creativity started early on with crafts and then later carried over into high school. I first learned how to use the torch when I took a course in Auto-body. The class taught me control, and confidence among many other things. That was so exciting to me, so I continued to learn the art of custom metal fabrication. I loved how I could bend, form, and even melt it into wearable art.
I later started to learn all about colored stones, crystals, and even glass while I was making beaded jewelry, but it wasn't satisfying to me. So I started to take some online classes with Gemological Institute of America. I then took some metalsmithing/silversmith classes with a wonderful teacher named Dwayne Cobb with UK University. He taught me so much and I will forever be grateful. I continue to use his process in my silversmithing. I was so instantly in love with the idea of making jewelry with metal while forging and using fire process just like in high school that I am always striving to learn new techniques and designs.
My creativity process is inspired by so many things. Mostly, I find lots of inspiration in my own life such as walking around in my yard, neighborhood or a hike in my woods. My family and friends also inspire me with great ideas while being supportive and always encouraging me to live my dream of creating. There are so many wonderful colors, smells and shapes that surround us if only we open our eyes; look and listen. I also love the beautiful ancient and rustic look of jewelry that gives it dimension, and character to the pieces I create. Old churches and castles also inspire me they are so fascinating. Their history, architecture, colors and style. While in my studio, I get lost in my own creative thoughts just like when I was a little girl.
Some other inspirations are painting, singing, reading books and gardening, But, I seriously can't get enough of being out in nature. It's so fascinating!
Here I am today, a jewelry designer doing what I love to do. Come join me on this excitable journey of jewelry.
Start with browsing through my jewelry collection pages to get an idea of what you may have in mind. You’re sure to find a beautiful piece for a loved one, or perhaps a treasured piece that's calling out to you. Have a wonderful day!