Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Rowe.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Samantha. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have always loved making things. My mother instilled a sense of being creative from a young age. I grew up in the 90’s when boxed project sets were a big deal with lanyards and friendship bracelets being a key part of my childhood. I grew up making my Halloween costumes, not because I had to but because I just enjoyed creating things out of materials that may not be traditionally used or things that I just had lying around the house. I took that creative energy and focused my studies on Marketing and graduated from CSUN in 2012. With that, I started out on my career in marketing which started with social media marketing and eventually moved into event management. While I was working my first job out of college I found that I was extremely bored. I was not being challenged and needed a creative outlet. This was at the time that Pinterest began to gain traction and everyone seemed to be on it. I found a few tutorials of how to make costume type jewelry and begun my journey.
I started out by making things with buttons, skeleton keys, clock hands and vintage watch parts. My first business Other Person’s Treasure was all about repurposing and reusing vintage pieces in a creative way. I worked at it for five years before finally deciding to take the dive into the world of Metalsmithing. I took one six week class on the art of metalforming and I was hooked. I started to gather the tools and materials and hit the ground running. I have been teaching myself for the past two years and have my items in numerous shops in the Los Angeles Area,
Being one of the few who is born and raised in LA, it seems near impossible to stand out among the millions who call this big little city home. It also means that the cost of living is high and holding my own in the jewelry game full time is a definite challenge. I find my greatest strength is to stay true to myself, my art and my vision.
Has it been a smooth road?
There have been many let downs but the love and passion I have for making take over. I do work a full-time job and do this as a “side hustle” I work 8-10 hour days and come home sit in my corner of our one bedroom apartment and put in a couple of hours of work at my bench just about every night.
My dream is for Smith & Stone Co. to be my primary source of income and work. We also wish to open our own brick and mortar someday.
If it was easy, then everyone would be doing it.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Smith & Stone Co. story. Tell us more about the business.
Smith & Stone Co. creates handcrafted one of a kind sterling silver adornments with an old-world feel. Inspired by the beauty and wonder of Mother Earth, the Occult, Ancient Cultures, Alchemy, and Witchcraft featuring natural gemstones and crystals.
Each piece is created using traditional metalsmith techniques. All designs are hand sawn, soldered, sanded, and polished with the greatest attention to detail, making each piece a unique work of art. We believe in quality over quantity and want to create future heirlooms that are meant to be worn and loved.
The Natural Gemstones and Crystals are responsibly sourced and of the highest quality. Each stone has its own unique beauty and are set in such a way to enhance their natural state. We want to make sure we are not having a negative impact on the environment with the creation of our pieces.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think that the industry will continue to grow towards the more ethical and sustainable approach. It seems like many in my industry really care about the impact they have on the earth.
With social media, I think we will continue to see many more learning the more traditional art and stepping away from mass-produced products.
- Website: www.smithandstone.co
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/smithandstoneco
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/smithandstoneco
All Images are by Samantha Rowe. Photo of me taken by my husband Nathanial Rowe