Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Unck.
Hi Chris, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started making jewelry to have nice pieces to wear on stage and to gift to other artists and performers that I was on the road with. I came up through music and touring so it was natural to want a nice chunky sterling silver piece on your hand or a nice necklace to rock while performing, most of my work is one offs or one of a kind pieces like mini sculptures. I also mine and own a few mining claims where I dig my crystals or minerals used in my jewelry, I also go to private mines and public land to dig some of the materials I use in my jewelry and blade smithing. It was brought to my attention that ethically mined crystals were sought after by healers, metaphysical and lightworkers so I started learning as much as I could about geology as well as metaphysical knowledge to connect people with the crystals and minerals they want… People will seek me out and sponsor my digs if they know they want a specific crystal from Arkansas or the Mojave, some want a certain mineral to aid in their work or to complete a collection or add a specific one and they will get it along with more than they probably expected, it’s always nice when a patron is satisfied. It’s in the works to provide VIP adventures for those willing and capable to dig the experience on private claims. Wandering Wizzard is a collection of jewelry, crystals, sculpture and mineral specimens. Wandering Wizzard features collections of handcrafted jewelry made from recycling old food scraps and discarded items like plastic bottles, or bubble wrap, composting items like dead branches, leaves, mushrooms and bark all accented by crystals and minerals dug by hand, polished and set into energy conducting copper by the artist Chris Unck.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Most of my struggles are mental like most I suppose… I doubt like everyone, I compare and I get massively frustrated and have blocks of inspiration… I think getting out of your own way to flow and to feel inspiration is the main focus each and every day, if I can get out of my own way, I can be much more open to a little idea that would probably go unseen because of the “bigger” issue in the room, which is myself and my doubts lol.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Were all set apart from each other, were all filters and if you send something through me and another artist similar to me you’ll see a different outcome, it may have similar features but it wont be the same so to me what sets me apart from others is approach or my eye for a material that isn’t being used or if its old or thrown out, I’ve been old and thrown out so I have a strange compassion or link to something thrown out, I want it to have a life and a chance, I hate that it was thrown out, thats why I use trash, dead plants, animals, bugs, sticks, dead flowers and I give them life and another chance… sometimes when I go out into the desert with someone we always joke saying things like this plant grew up talking to the other plants and the other plants could be making fun of that interesting looking plant, making fun of its features and that little plant says “one day ill be immortalized by this wizzard who comes along and finds my twisted up arm and he will cast me in silver or gold and ill never fade away, my thing that you hate will become the most loved part and it will be displayed on walls and in magazines, you’ll see!!” beauty will always be in the eye of the beholder. I suppose I’m proud of my perspective and my ability to see value in everything, it’s all being recycled if you think about it, were being recycled, metals wood, everything returns to the earth and grows something else, over and over and over.
Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
Hmmmm… I guess when I meet certain people in certain industries, I stick to their subjects and or industry talk and then when I meet up with another friends or colleagues it surprises them that I can just jump into that industry and talk about those subjects and move along, I find that anyone excited about their field is exciting and I love to soak in info and find the subtitles, subtitles is how I make music, love, sculpt, write, photograph, weld, build or even sleep… devils in the details right!?!
- Rings range from 45$ to 3000+
- Necklaces range from 125$ to 3000+
- Knives and swords range from 350$-1o,000$
- Wands range from 200$-5000$
- Crystals range from 20$ to 5000$
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.wanderingwizzard.com
- Instagram: @wanderingwizzard
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wanderingwizzard
Penelope Valentine, Alan Forbes, Chris Unck