Monday, January 30, 2012
Gems with Style
John is like nobody I've ever met. He is married with 4 children and 8 grandchildren! In addition to being a rabid reader and hockey fan, he works with the American Red Cross through Volunteer Disaster Services and is a retired paramedic and educator.
So how does a guy like this fit into handmade? Well, his darling wife bought a pack of faceted stones and asked him to identify them...now what do you do with them? Easy, you learn to work with metal and create some of the most beautiful works of wearable art. John is now the president of the Western South Carolina Gem and Mineral Society and makes the most amazing gems I've ever seen...and am dying to use in coordination with a chainmaille style design.
John soon began working under the name RasmussenGems and has culled his skills to include cutting stones, wrapping in copper and silver and a host of other experiments, all of which come out like mini works of art.
Ready to see what a man in a woman dominated world of jewelry design can do? Well, he is easy to find on the HandmadeArtistsShop as well as on FaceBook. Check out his work and prepare to drool.