We had the good fortune of connecting with Cody Rosenberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cody, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
I would pin the majority of my success on my hard work ethic and standard of ethics. That is something my parents instilled in me as a kid. We were always taught that we had to work for the things we wanted in life. My parents always made us work for the things we wanted as kids. We were raised to treat others how we wanted to be treated. This is what ultimately inspired me to have such a strong code of morality.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I began this journey as a hobby in 2018. I was creating small gem pendants that I called “gemdants”. These little necklaces were my hand shaped gems of joy. After working on this hobby for 7 months, I was anticipating my graduation of college, and sold all the art equipment. I never thought I’d have the interest or even the chance to cut glass after finishing college and finding a real job. I graduated in December of 2018, and did not find a job after almost two months. It was at that point I decided to repurchase all of the lapidary equipment and pick up the hobby again. This time, I bought more tools than previously — which is what helped me get to where I am today. I soon began grinding borosilicate marbles that had internal designs which were melted into form. I began adding my own faceted lensing to these marbles to give them a brand new kaleidoscopic feel. After faceting my first marble, I was immediately struck with awe, seeing the rainbow vortex pattern refracting off all the cuts. It was at that moment, I immediately knew I had found my passion. My work is set apart by the fact that all of the items I facet are handmade. Also, due to the fact the items I work with are created in a flame to begin with, this gives everything its own personality and intrinsic value (considering no two pieces will ever be truly identical)
I want the world to know that I quit my job working for the Atlanta superior court to pursue my dreams. I believe anything is possible if you truly put your heart and soul to it. No matter how big or small, don’t let anyone stop you from achieving your dreams.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them straight to Piedmont Park where we would cruise around on bikes and ultimately end up at Rosa’s pizza for a slice or four.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my success to my parents. They supported me buying my first lapidary grinder in 2018 as a hobbyist. They believed in me and let me setup a small studio in the back of their pool house where I worked for the over 2 years before moving out. If they had not provided me with a stable and comfortable working environment, I would not have been able to tap into my creativeness.