About Me...Dawn Middleton
Handcrafting, actually using my hands, always has attracted me to metalsmithing and to the making of jewelry pieces. When I light up the torch, design ideas flow to me as I go through the process, and inspiration spills out from my soul.” – Dawn Middleton
As a child, I remember being entranced by the organic and whimsical designs of the Earth. Paying homage to this in my craft brings me daily joy and great energy to my life, focusing and continually using that energy to create a company and grow a business that is flourishing.
Each creation I make comes from some unknown place, and sometimes I don’t know what I will create until I sit down at the bench and start to form a new piece of jewelry. Oftentimes I will be under a deadline and then ideas start coming.
For materials, I assemble natural stones, fine and sterling silver, bronze, brass, copper, and precious and semi-precious stones. Inspiration is all around me being in my natural surroundings, and so it is easy bringing them into my designs.
What sparked (sorry for the pun) my jewelry making
Interestingly, it was Ford Motor Company that nurtured me early on. For 14 years, working in Ford’s body shop, part of that time as a welder (sparks reference). I left when the company downsized, and from there took personal responsibility for my own growth. I studied interior design for four years which helped me understand that I could produce artful objects by applying the shapes, colors and textures of nature to jewelry design.
This passion was enhanced through metal smithing classes. It all started with a desire to bring into this world something special. Being inspired by my natural surroundings, and my love of gardening, being one with nature, so my jewelry designs reflects that special part of me.
Handcrafting, actually using my hands, has always attracted me to metal smithing and to the making of jewelry pieces. When I light up the torch, design ideas flow to me as I go through the process, and inspiration spills out from my soul. I spend a lot of time ruminating and then I create.
Where Dawn's Designs Started
I began selling at local art and craft fairs – planting the seeds for a successful jewelry business. That experience led to successful applications to fine art shows. I now sell in several local galleries and have begun wholesaling. Here is a little more about me, Dawn's Design's team and where you can reach me...
- I started to bead when I had back surgery. Spinal fusion surgery had me sit in one place. What was I to do?
- Take part in 25 art shows a year. Whew, makes me tired typing that.
- My studio is located in Greenville, Indiana (home studio) I don’t have to drive to work anymore.
- Have been creating art jewelry for 4 years. Wow, it has blown by.
- Have been running an online shop for 2 years. :)
- My partner Nathan Lynch is photographer, customer service extraordinaire, CEO (Carry Everything Out) of art shows, and loving me. My mom Diane Cartwright helps with all online store orders, shows (when Nathan needs a break) and loving me.
Please contact anytime via our web form or call Dawn at
502-931-1515 or Facebook message Dawn