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Anne Smarzik

I was a very inquisitive and creative child. I probably drove my mom crazy wanting to color or paint or take things apart just to see what was inside! When I reached middle and high school, I was lucky to have the most wonderful art teachers who nurtured my artistic abilities, and encouraged my interest, and enthusiasm. I created my first piece of sterling silver jewelry in a public middle school classroom at the age of 14 using the lost wax method of casting. I still remember the excitement I felt when I placed my mold in the centrifugal casting machine, and held the torch to the small pile of sterling silver scraps in the crucible. As I watched the metal scraps melt to a molten state and then flipped the switch to spin the machine, I was in awe of the process and couldn’t wait to see my newly created pendant. To this day, I still feel that same excitement every time I work on a piece of jewelry in my workshop!

 

After high school I went on to major in Studio Art in college with metalsmithing as my main field of interest. I received a well-rounded education in metalsmithing, design, life drawing, oil and acrylic painting, pen & ink, printmaking, pottery, sculpture, and textiles, but I spent most of my time in the jewelry/metalsmithing lab.

 

Over the years I worked hard to hone my metalsmithing and computer design skills. In the last ten years I started incorporating my knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as the use of a CO2 laser, a rolling mill, and a hydraulic press into the design and creation of my jewelry pieces. I consider myself a jewelry artist, not a traditional jeweler. I do not do repairs or commissions, and I do not order settings from a catalog. My creations are available in my retail shop, and will soon be available to purchase online.

 

I’m often asked why I chose the name “Relics” for my brand name. I have always had a fascination with the history of adornment and the jewelry of other cultures. I’m most interested in jewelry that holds special meaning for the wearer, such as amulets and talisman. These are objects intended to bring good luck or protection to their owner. Although I do not believe in supernatural powers, I do believe in the feeling that certain pieces of jewelry can evoke. My hope is that the pieces I create will hold special meaning for someone, and will help give the owner whatever it is they need – whether it is hope, courage, self-confidence, or the assurance that they are loved. Perhaps someday my pieces will be treasured as family heirlooms. With this in mind, I chose the name “Relics”, because a relic is defined as “an artifact, a work of art, or an object that is cherished for historical or memorial value, such as a keepsake or heirloom”. My jewelry is a wearable object of art, and an artifact that will remain long after I’m gone. Hopefully it will be cherished, passed down for generations, and maybe someday will become a true relic!

 

Thank you for your interest in me, my jewelry, and my shop! If you are local, I hope you will stop in for a visit. If not, I’d like to invite you to visit me in Bastrop and spend some time exploring our lovely little town, especial our historic district which is where my shop is located at 925 Main Street!