About the Maker
Hey there! I’m Devin and I am the lady-smith behind DWC Creative.
It’s not easy to summarize what originally got me into art, because I've been a crafter since I could color in the lines. And although my main focus is now metalsmithing, I still love experimenting with all types of art, including photography, watercoloring, hand lettering, and fiber arts. Metalsmithing has given me a lot of opportunities for growth as an artist as there are always new or more challenging techniques to learn. I’m so grateful to be able to share my passion of metal art and natural stones with you!
In 2016, I began my adventure with in the art of metalsmithing. I started out by taking classes locally, collecting stones, and reading up on anything I could to practice this new skill.
Moving out west to Colorado in 2012 really inspired me to pursue this dream of making my own original jewelry with the natural stones that are mined in Colorado and other neighboring states.
I bought my first "real" turquoise ring on my first real adventure in Colorado. On our trip to Estes to go hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, I found myself fascinated by all of the western wear shops in town that had a lot of Native American jewelry. I stumbled upon the most perfect ring in one of the little shops and I loved that the stone was almost shaped like a half moon or the letter "D" (for Devin). I thought it was a great piece to remember my first adventure in Colorado with, my now husband, Kay. The next ring I purchased was on a trip to Hamburg, Germany at a local shop that sold oriental rugs, pottery, and other nomadic art. I combed through tons of jewelry to find rings in my size until I came across the most perfect marquise shaped Carnelian ring.
It sort of became tradition to buy pieces of jewelry on all of my big adventures. Other memorable adventure rings are a huge turquoise statement piece from our road trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico and a white buffalo ring purchased on our honeymoon to a cabin in the mountains.
These rings bring back beautiful memories for me whenever I wear them and allow me to share those memories with others when they also notice their beauty. My dream is to make adventurous pieces of jewelry, so that others can have the similar feeling of finding the most perfect personal pieces and share their memories with others.
Collections for a Cause
I started to think about things that make me the most proud about sharing my art and the more meaningful aspects of why I’m creating it. I’ve always wanted to find a way to give back to my community and organizations that benefit the environment. To do that, I came up with Collections for a Cause to incorporate giving back by donating a percentage of sales to specific charitable organizations. All upcoming large collections are announced in advance with information about the charitable organization. All applicable listings will include information about what a portion of the sales will benefit.
Past Collections for a Cause:
Bee Collection (3/13/19): Bees are incredibly important to our ecosystem and food supply. These hard working little insects are responsible for the pollination of 30% of the worlds crops and helping 90% of plants to thrive! It’s not new news that climate change and pesticide use is effecting bee populations. Thanks to your purchase, I will be donating a portion of the sales to Heifer International (heifer.org). This awesome organization donates honeybee hives and train beekeeping to families in need.
“A Heifer honeybee gift donation includes a bee package, hive, box and training in beekeeping techniques. When you buy bees for a family in need, your gift:
Boosts income through sales of honey, wax and pollen
Stimulates growth of the family’s crops through pollination
Sometimes it's the smallest gifts that make the largest impact. Healthy beehives can double fruit and vegetable yields of small farms. Let your honeybee donation turn a family's struggle into a lifetime of opportunity”
Oceans Collection (5/26/19): The Coral Restoration Foundation (www.coralrestoration.org), the world's largest non-profit marine-conservation organization dedicated to restoring coral reefs to a healthy state, in Florida and globally. Coral Restoration Foundation works to support the reefs’ natural recovery processes through the large-scale cultivation, outplanting, and monitoring of genetically diverse, reef-building corals.