Artist Spotlight: Jvd.live2love
Starr, South Carolina
What exciting things will you be bringing to the Local Treasures one day market February 25?
I focus in jewelry. The most unique quailty about my work is that it comes from the very ground we walk on, known by potters as clay---South Carolina clay. I have a variety of styles for women and men, including bracelets, necklaces, and rings. It's earthy by nature and makes a great conversation starter. I prefer to work with copper and natural materials, and many designs are also available in sterling silver.
What inspires you to make what you make?
Nature, history and uniqueness inspire my work. Few ceramists today still dig natural clay for their work. I chose an unusual path and make jewelry without the use of glazing, a kiln, a wheel, or electricity... the way pottery was made thousands of years go. Every ingredient I need is provided by nature. It's my duty to mix it properly.
What is your most treasured art, craft, or design tool and why?
I'm very particular about the size of the holes in each bead. I started with a salt and pepper drill, but now I use two different sized "pokers" for the holes. One's for pottery, and the other is designed for paper quilling. They're consistent, give a cleaner finish, and are far more efficient
Spring is such a beautiful season in the south. What do you look forward to each spring?
I always knew spring was officially here when I saw the "little purple flowers" in the yard. Daffodils and azaleas and wildflowers and ferns and peach blossoms would soon follow! I still look forward to the flowers. I also look forward to the higher sun.
Tennis shoes, sandals, flip flips or barefoot?
Barefoot as long as I'm walking in clovers, moss, or soft grass... flops and socks for when I'm working, and tennis shoes for a workout, unless it's yoga. Bare feet win it for me.
Can we find you on the internet? Provide the links if so!
I'm on Facebook at www.facebook.com/joshuavdavis. You'll find my artist page there with a look into the rest of my work.
At www.etsy.com/shop/fromNothing, a bit of my work is available for purchase. I'm still adding there, and numbers will increase after beading (and especially when warmer weather comes).
E-mail me at