We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Haven and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary, why did you pursue a creative career?
I have a lifelong interest in the arts. Growing up in New York, I took piano lessons, and participated in choirs and singing groups in high school. As I moved on to college in Michigan, my studies always included music, singing in mass choirs, continuing piano studies and multiple art courses. My work and career led me to Canada, where my husband and I raised our family. Due to a busy family life, artistic pursuits took a back seat. After retirement, I was able to finally set myself free to pursue my interests! A serious jewelry-making hobby was started, and soon developed into a full time passion.
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.
The arts are always a challenge! In this day and age of mass productivity and quick convenience, one of a kind pieces are often not appreciated. As a jewelry artist, I am proud that each piece of jewelry that I make is unique. Even if I tried I could not make two of the same pieces. When someone buys my jewelry, I am happy to say that it is carefully and meticulously made, and, it’s one of a kind. I am a bit of a perfectionist, and as such, each piece has to meet certain specifications.
As a retired educator, I am a life long learner. This applies to my jewelry as well. I started out wire wrapping, moved to wire weaving, and now I am becoming a metal smith. I have learned that you can’t stand still in skill building, change is good, and you need to reach beyond your comfort zone in order to grow.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Columbus has many fine hotels and restaurants, as well as great sources of entertainment. Start breakfast off at The Banks, where you can meet everyone’s taste in your group. During the day, go zip lining across the Chattaoochee River into Alabama, and take a white water trip after that. Have some lunch at Bodega Restaurant, and spend the afternoon popping in to the many boutiques on Broadway. Drinks and dinner are ready for you at The Salt Cellar Restaurant!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband, Bob, is my biggest supporter, cheerleader and sounding board. I could not do this without his support! He builds and maintains my website. From photography to buying tools, to creative ideas and constructive conversations, we have come to this point together. I’m grateful for him each day!
Other: Etsy: Gemnosity.Etsy.con
Photo credit: Robert Haven