Today on PTBO Makes, you get to meet Pax Jewellery. Annie creates stunning one of a kind jewellery. I met her at last years Finer Things Show and I’m so excited for you to see her work and for you to get to know her a little more! Say hello to Annie and read more about her business below!
I am a Canadian jewellery artisan, an only kid, a wife, and mother of 5, living in the country, just east of Peterborough, who has had many different careers, and has come full circle, creating jewellery – which is something I used to do when I was very young.
What do you make and what inspired you to start Pax Jewellery?
I create hand made artisan jewellery out of sterling silver, gold, bronze, brass and semi precious gems. My business came to be when I became frayed by the stress and personal angst involved in my teaching position. I needed to focus on something that brought me peace, and I had always wondered about crating jewellery full time as a business – so I gave it a try. The inspiration behind my actual work, is to create pieces that have an air of peacefulness (Pax is a Latin word meaning “peace”))… in hopes that it will carry that intention to its wearer. As well, like most artists, (possibly ALL artists) the beauty of the natural world also inspires my work at a very deep level. I love the subtle textures and gorgeous imperfections of nature, with both harmonies and juxtapositions.
How did you learn your art?
The quick answer is that I am self-taught. The long answer is that almost every single job I have ever had has in some small way been formative to this end. I really wanted to go to OCA, but my family discouraged me from doing so. I ended up with a degree in Biology and Environmental Science (and even that time spent gazing into microscopes has helped to form my sense of design)… however pretty much all of my jobs have had a thread of design woven through them on some level.
What is your favourite thing to create?
I really love to create one-of-a-kind necklaces! Recorded history shows us that womankind has always delighted in wearing objects they found to be beautiful or meaningful around their necks – no matter what part of the world they were from, no matter their class, nor their time in history. So, in some way, jewellery is a concrete connection to our past (and our future). It is also a very intimate thing to create. People usually give jewellery to those they truly love, and it is worn right against the person’s skin, sometimes never being taken off…. it’s a very strange connection – and I find that part very cool!
What is one thing you would love to learn?
I would love to learn how to knit socks. Fun, highly textured socks with lots of lovely gem shades and earthy colours.
Tell us one random fact that most people don’t know.
For some reason I cannot wear a watch – they stop working when I put them on! (I have tried about 15 different watches over the years, and it happens every time, so I gave up on watches long ago) Also, I blow light bulbs ALL the time when I turn on the lights … very weird…???
If you haven’t followed Pax Jewellery on Instagram, hustle over and do it! I just love seeing her newest creations like this fabulous and unique ring!
Pax Jewellery offers shipping worldwide and even local pick ups!
You can find more of Annie’s incredible jewellery throughout the web here:
Thank you Annie for sharing with us your remarkable jewellery! I just need to get my hands on one of those necklaces, how about you?
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