Friday, October 31, 2008

Spotlight On ...


M.Todd of MCT Jeweler!

1. Tell us a little bit about who you are and your life up to this point in time.
I am a husband, a parent of two great children and a man who loves creating beautiful pieces of jewelry from simple bars of precious metal and created a business MCT Jeweler to share that enthusiasm with others.

2. Besides your fantasy creative life, what else are you doing currently?
Currently I work for a 75 person jewelry manufacturer company whom I have worked for over 35 years.

3. What do you offer in your Etsy Shop?
Offer unique handmade jewelry made of 14kt yellow gold, 14kt white gold, and 925 pure silver and genuine stones. I have a collection of jewelry pieces such as cufflinks, rings, bracelets and earrings which can be seen and sold at mct43 [!at] etsy.com or on my official website http://www.mctjeweler.com/.

4. Where do you create?
I create most of my jewelry pieces from my home.

5. Where do you get your inspiration from?
The catalyst of the jewelry pieces I create is from my childhood experiences in my native island of Trinidad. Secretly I wish I was steel pan players who are amazing musicians who create the style of music known as calypso and soca to create rhythmic and melodic music from old oil drums. Inspired by this instrument I began to generate a series of jewelry pieces to reflect the character of this instrument. Usually when I am creating these jewelry pieces I am listening to the music.

6. How did you learn how to do your craft?
A family friend, who owned a jewelry store in Port of Spain Trinidad, taught me the jewelry trade. I began learning in 1962 how to assemble, solder, mount diamonds and various gemstones, cutting and molding various metals.

7. How do you promote your wares?
I promote my product by doing various tradeshows and expositions in the New York are and other states in the U.S.

8. What has been the most important lesson you've learned since you started selling your own creations?
It is very hard to run your own business and a small one at that; however this experience has allowed me to keep the faith and push on through in sharing my products with the world. In the end I truly enjoy seeing people enjoy my pieces.

9. Is there any advice you can give others who are just starting out?
Take baby steps to get your business going. There is a lot to learn in whatever trade you are venturing in but as you progress you will keep learning and growing.

10. Do you have any favorite Etsy artists you'd like to promote here?
I like to say thank you to everyone who has welcomed me to in the Etsy and the EAOC community. I greatly appreciate the support and interest. However three who I like to acknowledge are Three Muses, Sedruola Maruska and Urban Knit.



5 comments:

Stormee said...

Very nice, and your work is just beautiful. It is nice to know a little bit more about the person behind the beautiful jewelry.

La-Mar said...

very nice jewelry

Marcia P. said...

Love your work M. Todd! My dad is from Port of Spain, so a special shout out to a fellow Trini!

threemuses said...

Thanks so much for the shout out! I am glad to be part of the EAOC family. :-)

canvas wall art said...

nice work :)

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