Anna: I make jewelry because I enjoy the creative process and the satisfaction of the finished products. I make what I make because, really, the world needs more animal print baubles. I strive to create products that can stand up to time and abuse by the wearer. I have taken a few pieces out my line because they were too fragile.
GP: How long have you been making jewelry?
Anna: I took a silversmith class a few years ago and just ran with it.
GP: How did you come up with the shop name?
Anna: Metal Atelier is a play on metal shop, to me a room in ones highschool where you learn to make shelf brackets. I think I make slightly cooler items though.
GP: What else do you do?
Anna: This is not (yet) my day job. I also work in the prop department on the CBS show Elementary. Lucy Liu wore some of my rings in a recent episode, that was pretty cool.
GP: Can you speak about your production process?
Anna: All of my products are hand made by me in my Greenpoint studio, although the casting is done in Manhattan. When possible I buy scrap silver and melt it to use in fabrications, I also up-cycle silver spoons and other interesting silver pieces. As the sole employee of my company, I think I treat myself alright.
GP: Why are you excited to participate in Greenpointers Market?
Michelle: I am excited to showcase my wares in my home territory that I live and create in.
Anna: Vinnies vegan pizza sustains me more than I would like to admit. And it’s one of the only places that delivers to me. I also spend a lot of time at Boulevard Tavern, where the bartenders have great taste in music, you can smoke in the yard, and the cocktails are strong and cheap.