Two years ago, Amy wanted to extend their stay at the farmer’s market after produce from the garden began to decline for the season.
She started dabbling in wire jewelry, a craft she learned years ago.
“I sold my jewelry well in the holiday and winter markets the first year,” she said. “Then COVID-19 happened. “
Because the restrictions on arts and crafts vendors mandated by Governor Ralph Northam were not lifted until July, Amy wasted months of business that would normally have been busy.
“Craft businesses thrive during the tourist season, which was virtually non-existent last year,” she said.
She’s back to jewelry making and is hoping the regular season will be promising for sellers this year.
Her jewelry making has evolved into a new style since she became a craft seller.
Using polymer clay, Amy incorporates handmade beads into the wire jewelry.
She makes earrings, pendants, bracelets and rings, using her clay beads to embellish many of her jewelry.
“I like working with clay. There are so many ways to add clay to designs, ”said the artist.
“When I work with clay, it gives me an outlet to leave the day behind and create. Sometimes I have an idea in my head, and other times I just see where the clay is taking me.