All my life I've been doing some kind of art project, from paper maché as a kid to learning ceramics as a teen and eventually to launching a career in advertising art direction and graphic design.
My formal education was at the University of California, Berkeley, where I received my BA in the Practice of Art. For my junior year I studied abroad at the University of Padova, where I concentrated my studies in Painting, Art History and Italian. The years following my graduation as a commercial artist gave me the professional expertise to design in various mediums with a disciplined approach.
After 25 years I left my digital career to regain the fulfillment of being a hands-on artist. I began making clay works and continued graphic design on a freelance basis. I eventually started making necklaces and developed a full-fledged bead addiction! Just holding and sorting beads and other unique findings feels artistically satisfying.
Making a nice necklace is a process of composition, using colors and textures that work well together. My early necklaces were simple, but people liked them, and I began to sell. It was just a hobby at first, but now I am starting a business selling my handmade and unique pieces.
If you see a piece that has been sold and wish to have one made to order, I will do my best to make something similar. Many of the pendants are one-of-a-kind, but certainly we can achieve something with a similar look. Also, if you want a specific length, some of the necklaces can easily be altered to your specification and many are already adjustable. Just send an email!
In addition to making jewelry, I am also a ceramist. My studio is in my home where I live in the Los Angeles area. I have included some of my smaller, shipping-friendly ceramic works on this site. For a broader view of my ceramic art please visit www.ellenrundle.com.