I LOVE making jewelry.....
I have been designing jewelry since I was a child.
From "rings n' things" to using the telephone wire my Dad use to
bring me home from work.
This led me to pursue a career in the jewelry industry.
Before graduating College in 1979 with a BA degree in Jewelry design I worked in the retail end of business
in a few different national jewelry chains giving me "customer service experience. "
Upon graduation I was hired at Schlesinger & Krauss in NJ, a finding corporation that manufactured
gold and diamond jewelry for many different jewelry stores.
This experience taught me how to make jewelry in mass production
and to organize my time. From there, I had the opportunity to work for a
Master bench jeweler. He taught me the fine craft of fixing jewelry.
I learned a lot about soldering gold and stringing pearls.
I decided then and there, I never wanted to fix jewelry but to create it!
As I started my family, I began my own part-time business.
To supplement the family income, I also made jewelry working from home
for different silver jewelry craftsmen. This allowed me to be that
"stay at home Mom" that enjoyed baking cookies, coaching baseball, and
raising my four children. When the kids got older I started attending
craft fairs and selling my own jewelry.
After winning many ribbons for "best of this and that,"
I pursued putting my jewelry in stores and galleries.
Life threw me a curve in 2001, when I was diagnosed
with a very rare cancer, called "Carcinoid Cancer."
With the help of my husband Alex, family, dear friends and
my faith in God I am doing well and living a full life!
Having cancer changed my whole outlook on life. Every day is a gift.
So being able to create a piece of jewelry for someone brings so much joy to me.
In November 2009, my husband and I relocated from upstate New York
to the beautiful North Carolina coast.
In October 2010, I opened a store with a friend between
Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach, located on Rte 179 (Beach Drive SW).
Then the following August 2011, I opened my own store in Calabash,NC.
It is a Jewelry Store - Arts Gallery featuring over 50 talented Artists,
my husband's art work, and my jewelry. It is my dream come true!
But the best news of in January of 2012, my Doctor at Duke University in Durham, NC told me I am now
their longest living survivor of Carcinoid Cancer they treat, with no re-occurrence.
Everyday is a blessing! Live your dream!
|About the Artist
|Contact me at 910-398-5514 (cell)
OR email me at:
|Jewelry By Wendy
The Calabash Cottages
10152, Unit 6 Beach Drive
Calabash, NC, 28467
"The Hidden Treasure of Calabash"
by her customers!
|Print of the Sunset Bridge, Sunset Beach, NC
by my husband Alex Wowk
done in graphite and colored pencil
"Best of Brunswick County 2015"
3rd place winner for
Best Jewelry Store!
2nd Place winner
Best Gift Shop!
and Best Gallery!
...thanks to my loyal customers!