Meet Phyllis Mufson, a jewelry artisan and a creative career and small business coach. She started making jewelry while directing the Locks Career Center at Moore College of Art & Design, an inspiring environment where she worked with wonderfully creative people.
Now she works in her sunny living room where I talk with clients and have all of her jewelry equipment close at hand. Her design inspiration is her 23-story “bead condo” – clear, stacking sectioned boxes brimming with color-coordinated gold and silver, gemstones and pearls.
Bold Smokey Quartz Earrings $65
Earlier in her life she was a textile artist and that sensibility influences her designs. She's concerned with how the jewelry drapes and moves with the body. She's also inspired by her customers. In addition to her ETSY stores she sells through private jewelry shows so she gets to see how women respond to her jewelry. She talks with them about what interests them, and finds out which designs are particularly flattering to wear.
If you like Personal Treasures but are looking for something more simple or casual please visit her Mufi Jewels store at http://mufi.etsy.com.
I started making jewelry over 10 years ago during college when a family friend that is a jeweler taught me how to string pearls. After that I tried to teach myself everything I could about making beaded jewelry. I am self-taught, definitely not the "artsy" type. As you can probably tell, most of my jewelry is pretty classic in style. I earned my master's degree in Occupational Therapy, and I am able to incorporate crafts and beads into therapy at times with my patients.
I am a mother of two small children (13 months, and 2 1/2)that is enjoying staying at home with them while they are young. In doing so, I have been able to pick back up with my jewelry business that I love.