It’s time for another look at what goes into creating handmade goods at Vintage Karma!
Meet Lisa Schureman of That Old Blue House. We were immediately drawn to the Green Valley resident’s use of old treasures in her jewelry. Words found on her jewelry packaging describe her work best: “She gives us a peek into the past through little windows of time created by heirloom quilts, lace, coverlets, vintage postcards and seed packets she uses in her pieces. All of these things lend clues to a way of life that no longer exists except in little treasures like these, found and preserved to be enjoyed today.”
What was your first piece? What inspired you to create it?
I took my first stained glass class over 25 years ago at a local retail gift shop by day and craft shop by night!
How did you get into making jewelry? What drew you to your chosen medium?
I was drawn to stained glass because I wanted to make a lamp. I started making small suncatchers, and I had a friend that offered to sell my pieces in her florist shop. After she sold one, I was hooked! I have been creating ever since!
Describe your creative process.
Over the years my work has evolved. Now I mainly make jewelry using the stained glass technique. I combine my love of antiques with glass to create one-of-a-kind jewelry.
What is your favorite part of the creative process? What is your least favorite part?
I have to admit it’s the hunt for antique and vintage items that I most enjoy. I love digging through antique shops, auctions, etc., to find old pieces to repurpose in my jewelry. A friend of mine says I have more “stuff” than I will ever use! My least favorite part is probably the wrapping of each piece with copper foil before soldering.
What inspires you?
I usually find inspiration from the vintage pieces I pick up here and there. One day I might be going through my old crazy quilt scraps and spend the whole day cutting and assembling pieces; another day it’s my marbles. At times ideas just randomly pop into my head …
What do you do when you’re not making art?
I spend time going to my son’s games. Right now he is playing in a wood bat league. I also love to read mysteries and watch sports on TV.
Don’t forget to check out a special display of Lisa’s jewelry at Vintage Karma!