The following is an article that appeared on The Scribe’s Tablet, on December 16, 2011. As of now, Teresa’s workspace is complete, ready and truly one of her greatest delights. More news to follow shortly. Also in the works… Ornament Studio on Facebook, of course.
Teressa Bobel Mazzarese Joins Husband Silvio at Ornament Studio
Teresa sat at her drafter’s table. She asked, “Do you mind if I multi-task and continue doing what I am doing while we speak?” Of course not, I said. I love spontaneous, come-as-you-are interviews.
Teresa Bobel Mazzarese recently began to set up shop above her husband Slivio’s Ornament Studio, in the charming Village Sampler building. Like Silvio, Teresa is an accomplished artisan jeweler. She and Silvio met while working in a jewelry shop in Santa Fe. They moved to Vermont about three years ago. Teresa has been a busy mom, but now it is time to return to her passion, little by little.
“It’s so much fun,” begins Teresa, perching in front of her table with a twinkle in her eye. She drops her pen near the small purple table where the children sit. “Could you hand mommy her pen,” she asks, “My sweet little darling?”
“Even though I share this space with the kids, it’s really my space. I love the building, I love being upstairs. I love the view. This space just feels right. You know what? I could get snowed in here for a week and if I didn’t care about food I’d be just fine, with plenty to do! Most of all, it’s nice to revisit a skill that has not been used in five years. It’s like I’m still a mom, of course, but I am also something more now. I get to be a jeweler and an artist again. It’s lots of fun to have the kids here too. We do a lot of art here, painting, beading, drawing, writing. The children are working on their own line of jewelery that they will be selling in the shop in the future.”
The youngest hands me a very colorful bracelet she has just completed. “We must keep doing art,” she announces, “Because art is very important.” She returns to the purple table. There is much yet to be done there.
After a pause, long enough to make sure she is not losing track of the task at hand while she speaks to me, Teresa continues, “I have lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of ideas. I don’t know what will be next. My head is overflowing with designs. Right now I am working on inventory. We have a whole bunch of beautiful stone and gold earrings from a lady in Santa Fe who has collected jewelry and stones over the years and has asked us to sell some of it here for her. I am organizing them so we know what’s what. They’re priced really well, too. A lot of it is already on display in the shop.”
How is it working with Silvio? “We shared a studio in New Mexico, a very small space in our house. Actually, we work very well together.”
This was a quick, impromptu visit. A sort of vignette of what is happening at Ornament Studio this Holiday Season. I walked downstairs to visit with Silvio. He sat at his bench, dust mask covering a lot of his face, but even behind this you can tell he is smiling. The tool he uses at the moment looks like a dentist’s drill. Like surgery, jewelery making is a precise art.
How do you like having the kids and Teresa work with you now? “It’s very nice. I can’t wait for Teresa to get back to doing what she does and making different designs from what I make. She is so talented.”
What are you working on right now? “I’m working on some beautiful Labradorite and gold earrings for the Golden Eye, in Santa Fe.” Silvio has kept close ties with this renowned New Mexico shop and continues to do custom work for them.
He gets up from the bench, suddenly. “I’ve got to show you something.” Someone walks in at that very moment. Silvio, the goldsmith, immediately becomes the jovial shopkeeper that is as much a part of his signature work as the impressive jewelery that lines his display.
“Have you met?” He asks me and the customer. I shake hands with Norman Peryae, from Elmore. He has been here before and clearly enjoys visiting with Silvio. May I just type as you visit? Would that be OK with you? I ask. He kindly gives me permission. Silvio laughs, “This could be the Silvio reality show!”
Norman hands Silvio a beautiful piece of jewelery. “I’ve had this for years.” “This is really cool!” comments Silvio, “It might be from Indonesia.” “I was going to use silver polish to clean it,” explains Norman, “But it has too many grooves for that.” Silvio had already begun to shine the piece. “What I am using is like an abrasive, but super fine. This will work well. Tomorrow is supposed to get cold again. Yes. This is a beautiful piece. I would say Indonesia, India maybe.”
“I’m almost thinking about putting some stones in it. Is that crazy?” wonders Norman. “Let me see. It’s not really thick,” replies Silvio, “You have to have enough metal. It’s a millimeter. Let me try something”, says Silvio as he pulls a box of tiny stones, seemingly out of thin air, and retrieves a ruby as though he already knew this would be a perfect match. “Rubies would be nice. Look.”
“You want to give it a shot?” immediately asks Norman. “Yes. I might use a little silver band to raise it a bit so I can use a slightly bigger rock. By the way, let me show you something.” Silvio picks up the stone he had placed in front of me, earlier, just as Norman walked in. “It’s Star Quartz.” “Wow”, is all we can say.
Silvio and Norman agreed his piece would be ready for pick-up next Tuesday. Teresa and the children came downstairs. Dinner time was near. I let the Mazzarese family wrap up their day. There is still much to do, however. As the little one put it, “We must keep doing art.”