For today’s interview please welcome Aga Kruk. You can see many of Aga’s stunning jewelry designs at her website http://www.agajewelrydesigns.com/. Aga is also the teacher of the hugely popular Craftsy class Wire -Wrapped Stones, Crystals and Clusters.
* How long have you been making jewelry? And what inspired you to start? I have been making jewelry for last 5 years. But, I started focusing on wire 4 years ago, and that’s when it became more than just a hobby.
I have never imagined I would like making jewelry. I went to the local bead store and that was it. I even remember my first design; sadly I don’t have a picture of it. It was an illusion necklace with brown, gold and orange beads.
* When is your favorite time to work? I prefer to work early mornings during summer time, however in the Winter, when evenings are long, I can sit for hours designing and making jewelry.
* Give us a mini-tour of your studio. What’s the strangest thing in it? What’s the most useful thing? It is a small, but very sunny room, with a long white desk and a red, comfortable chair. I keep all my tools on the desk, some of them are in white ceramic pots. All my stones and beads are organized by color in plastic crystal clear containers. I keep them in a cabinet with many drawers. I think the cabinet is the most useful thing at my place.
The strangest thing in it? Hmmm, I think is a power drill, I use it to twist my wire. People always ask me, why I have a power drill in my room.
* You’re based in Arlington, right? What do you love about the area? Right, I live in Arlington, VA. This is where I feel comfortable and accepted. This is where good things happen to me. This is where people are friendly and nice.
* Aside from jewelry-making, do you have projects or passions that fill your free time? Yes, I have two weaknesses. Love for baking and old polish movies. Any time I see a new cake recipe, I need to try it out. And, every time I go to Poland, I look for DVD’s with old polish movies.
* And finally, who should take your Craftsy class? Beginners? Experts? Enthusiastic wire and bead artists? When Craftsy contacted me and asked me to teach a jewelry class, I knew that I wanted to create a course not only for beginners, but experts as well. And, I think, I did it. The course starts with very basic wire-wrapping techniques and as I go, I build up skills, presenting more advanced and difficult projects.
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