Vesele Studio, formerly known as Mary Pritchard Jewelry, has gone through a rebrand, resulting in a more refined philosophy and outlook on process and designing. With this fresh start Mary is not only unveiling a new name and new jewelry designs but also has broadened the scope of what the studio is producing. Vesele meaning "happy" is the soul intention behind the designs.
“When it comes into focus you realize happiness comes from anywhere and everywhere, it's just about recognizing it. Laughter, a reflection of yourself when you're feeling good, a smile on the face of someone you love. Happiness is just important. Making, designing and sharing my work with those who enjoy it makes me happy. I cannot help but put this energy into everything I make and I truly hope my customers can feel it. It's the cycle of handmade. The transfer of energy that only happens when something is created by hand cannot be replicated in any other way. It's part of the process and an aspect I enjoy immensely.”
In answer to the many questions received about how the pieces are made. Mary invites you into her studio to glimpse the place, some of the inspiration and the process and stages of producing finished pieces from design to assembly. The shop video was directed and produced by Lourdes Zavala and music by Ana De Irisarri.
How long have you been creating your art work?
I have been creating artwork as long as I can remember. It is my earliest memory. I have been a working artist/designer since 1993 and opened my own art gallery in 2006. The gallery has been featured on Under the Radar Michigan, a PBS television show with a following of over 13 million viewers. Among other media attention Domaci Gallery has been included in Hour Detroit magazine, Traverse magazine and Chicago Boating magazine as well as countless newspapers and journals over the years. My personal work in ceramics has been included in three books and large scale installations can be seen in several institutions including libraries, hospitals, schools and temples across Michigan. I have been selling my work in art galleries throughout the United States since the birth of my first studio in 1993. However, my heart has always been in the studio and recently decided to leave the gallery.
My new focus is the rebrand of my studio. With this fresh start I have a new name and a focused philosophy and so much excitement for what is ahead. All of my efforts are now centered on design and design processes I love. The fresh start begins with the new name Vesele Studio. Vesele’s direct translation is happy. The name is derived from my Slovakian birth name Veselenak. Getting back to my roots is the best place I could be at this point in my life and career.What inspired you to start creating your art work & how did you turn it into a business?
My mother always took me to art galleries and art fairs when I was growing up and always was very inspired to make my own art. When I was about 15 years old I started designing and making jewelry and had my first booth at Blissfest, a music festival in northern Michigan. I sold most of the pieces I made and went home excited and inspired to do more. After that I continued to sell my work at art shows and worked through college this way and eventually had galleries requesting my work. Turning it into an official business was a natural progression.What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
I have always wanted to be an artist and to create with my hands. I believed I could make anything and always questioned how things were made and would attempt to do it at home with my Fathers tools. I remember wanting a dog so badly and not being able to have one because my mother was allergic. So I made my own from a shoe box, roller skate, margarine tub for a head and a creamer container for the nose. The ears and tail were fabric and I remember it looking like a beagle on wheels. I had a leash for it and pulled it everywhere.What do you most love about the creative process?
What I love most about the creative process is the unpredictability of it and the ethereal place it comes from. It’s almost mystical because there is no way to quantify it or identify its source. The only thing I know for sure is creativity could not exist without inspiration and there lies the beautiful cycle unique to every artist.
What do you least love about the business side of creating & selling art?
My favorite quote about art was spoken by Walter Hopps in a documentary on his life, Cool School. “Art offers the possibility of love with strangers” I love thinking about who end up with the pieces I create and hope they will feel the energy I put into them.Why did you choose to partner with Yellow Door to sell your artwork?
You can see much more of Mary's gorgeous jewelry at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun & interesting info about Mary all week!
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