Meet Jewelry Designer, Lucy Lowe
Lucy Lowe is a woman who welds and measures millimeters by eye. Commanding skills in a jewelry design studio.
Officially she’s a goldsmith and jewelry designer.
What inspires this former North Dakotan, now living and designing in Traverse City, Michigan, are the magic of transformational materials and the beauty of creating an end product vastly different from the state in which it began.
She first saw this exciting transformative process as a 6-year-old, watching glass blowers creating goblets while she and her family were visiting Haleiwa, Hawaii.
This memorable experience set her on a jewelry design journey.
Art of Being an Artist
Lucy says the challenge of being an artist is daring to begin. “I’ve heard stories of would-be artists and designers who never gave themselves a chance to start.” They feared the unlikelihood of achieving wild success or widespread recognition. However, “those who do undertake the path of art or design rarely seem to leave it because the powerful drive to create has fully awoken in them.”
Being an artist and designer requires a great amount of conviction and flexibility. “One has to be prompt in seizing opportunity to succeed. Unduly holding back out of caution or fear, simply slows progress and breeds doubt.”
She openly admits this is still a work-in-progress for her. She keeps working on reaching out of her comfort zones to new growth experiences.
Work & Life Values
The daughter of retired educators, Lucy is thoughtful in her approach to both business and life. Integrity, honesty and kindness lead her.
“In order to live with integrity, I must know what I believe and value on a core level.”
Honesty requires her to be open and vulnerable. It helps establish true and lasting connections with others.
“Kindness is the best gift I can practice for myself and others.”
Like many, Lucy has found herself being unkind to herself by undervaluing her worth. “I have worked demanding jobs for pay registering below the poverty line in business with high earnings. I thought that was okay because I assumed I mustn’t be worth a fair living wage.”
Today, she realizes the value she brings and understands she’s worthy of fair compensation.
Giving Brings Joy
Lucy’s greatest joy comes from helping others. This could be by creating a piece of jewelry commemorating a meaningful experience, listening to a friend transform pain into growth, or spending time with her niece while she learns letters.
She enjoys being in outdoor, natural settings and drinking coffee. And, she volunteers for fun community events and donates to causes that align with her values.
Especially close to her heart is the non-profit Women Who Weld. This organization offers training to underemployed women to aid them in entering a relatively stable and in-demand profession.
Lucy is fortunate to have outstanding role models for every aspect of her life. Her paternal grandparents deeply influenced her life. They encouraged and enabled her to experience things they valued, like international travel, classical music and higher education.
She is inspired and moved by the words and message of the 14th Dalai Lama.
She loves the Danish silversmiths of the 1900s.
Her design role model is Art Smith. “His work was so playful, yet considered. It’s a beautiful characterful minimalism. It endlessly inspires me.”
Lucy is a work/life balance advocate.
“We are somewhat programmed for a certain kind of success in this culture, which can mean high pay, recognition, and progressive promotions.” This may be the right path for some, but not all.
“I’ve noticed many instances of young professionals stepping away from this idea of success because they see the detrimental impact it has on their lives. Work/life balance is a personal formula that people can only determine for themselves.”
Helping balance Lucy’s life is her husband of seven years, Cory, a physical therapist. Cory is a creative-minded woodworker. He helps build and design displays and make studio modifications.
Lucy trusts him to offer honest, clear-sighted and logical feedback-each critically important as she grows more connected to the Traverse City community and explores greater opportunity.
Currently, Lucy’s designing a really functional studio. She’s going to keep taking brave design and business leaps to set her heart racing. She’s learning to trust the process along the way.
Visit a gallery displaying her work. Purchase a piece online. Buy direct from an artist, like Lucy.
Purchase Lucy’s Designs
- Higher Art Gallery in Traverse City, MI Link www.higherartgallery.com
- Gold and Jaye Jewelry in Traverse City, MI www.facebook.com/goldandjaye
- 3rd Ward Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin http://3rdwardjewelry.com/
- Purloin Studio Purloin Studio in Menomonee Falls, WI. https://purloinstudio.com/
- Pieces can also be purchased at http://squareup.com/store/lucylowejewelry
- Instagram @lucylowejewelry. Instagram link.
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