I'm Kelley Pounds, and I'm an artist, writer, and jewelry artisan. Right now my ETSY store focuses primarily on my wire-wrapped jewelry, and I'm inspired by fantasy, folklore, and art of past eras. In my work I use sterling silver, precious and semi-precious stones, kiln-formed glass, polymer clay, lamp work beads, and more.
I grew up in a very rural area of New Mexico, and I come from family of writers, artists and creators of all types. My dad is a writer, and when I was a child he told my bedtime stories about wild horses in the Manzano Mountains where I grew up. He's also an inventor and a antique car restorer. He used to drive me to school in his latest Model T Ford and honk the horn when we arrived, much to my embarrassment.
My first art lessons came from my older brother (17 years older), and my mom taught me how to sew. One of my first memories was of sitting on her lap at the sewing machine and watching the needle go up and down. I just had to put my finger up there. Ouch! Didn't stop me from sewing later, though.
I also remember carrying rocks around in my pocket everywhere--I was fascinated with rocks. I also loved to pound rocks with other rocks to break them just to see what they looked like on the inside. My dad is to blame for that, too, since he is an amateur archaeologist and an expert flint knapper. He makes all the arrowheads I use in my jewelry designs.
I am also a writer, and I've had one novel length book published. I'm in the process of changing directions with the writing, though, so no new books out in the forseeable future.
I've been a floral designer, a sign painter and a librarian--among many other jobs. I'm a graduate of Art Instruction Schools, and along with my wire-wrapping jewelry, I also enjoy drawing and painting--both in traditional and digital media.
Thank you for your comments. I hate it when I can't duplicate an effect however I also love it when I have surprises! We artist are so so sooo......fickle for lack of another description. I will work on my surprise effect. At one time I lived in Texas and often went to New Mexico. We still go to Ruidoso to spend time with family/friends. It is much like Bend Oregon where we live except we have a larger population. Much joy and success in all your artistic creations!!!