Family is everything to me. Raised in Pittsburgh, sandwiched between an older sister and a younger brother, I had the best of both worlds. Someone to learn from and someone to torture. Who could ask for anything more? Well, now that we are grown, and living established lives in Pittsburgh, our relationships with each other have not only remained firm, but have blossomed. The three of us always wanted to start a business, putting our talents together. And finally, Kinspiration Art is that dream come true.
I wish I could boast of years of studying art, gems, jewelry design, but I cannot. Two separate incidents inspired me to start making jewelry. My sister, who I still look up to, had been totally bit by the glass bug and could think of nothing else. I must have been exhibiting some jealousy, because she said to me one day “Leslie, you gotta get a hobby!” The second instance was when she told me that she didn’t want to make jewelry, so I decided that I would fill in that gap. And once I started, I couldn’t stop. I know that I am new at it, still learning and honing technique, still finding my niche, but when I wake up in the morning and have a clear inspiration of the next piece I will make, I can’t help wondering if it was meant to be. Every day I learn something new – about the craft and about me.
While my full-time job keeps me very busy, making these items is a great de-stresser for me.
I enjoy making one-of-a-kind jewelry sets including necklaces and corresponding earrings. Because I drink wine, I like to create wine-related accessories like etched wine glasses, or jewelry for the glass (wine charms). And what about an outrageous wine stopper? These are the things that I enjoy creating.