Much like building community, goldsmithing is an art of transformation. The analogy is especially fitting here in Jeffersonville following the robbery at Silvio’s shop and its ripple effects in the community.
We are transformed by our encounters and experiences. While this takes place at an individual level, it shapes the entire community. We are transformed, deeply, every time we share a dramatic event. This prepares us to become someone new, even as we appear stunned and motionless.
Like molten precious metal, ready to take on new shape, we become malleable and ready for new roles. We reshape our destinies as if they were the continuing ripples of an entire universe; and they are. As for a gold ring with a long history, it is the entire journey that gives us full presence.
The underlying story serves as witness, marking events which, when brought up in conversation, help us remember who we were at the time and who we have since become. Everything tells a story.
Following the publication on a new Stuck in Vermont segment by Seven Days, featuring Ornament Studio a few days after the robbery, a viewer from Barre decided to pay a visit. Her simple request: To have Silvio give new life to a tired gold ring.
This simple ring adds its story to the ongoing transformation that takes place in this and every town, and makes of us all gold spinners.
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