Another new artist on the Tour is Joy Kruse of Casco. Joy is an amazing metalsmith and jeweler, who creates highly detailed and intricate rings, pendants, necklaces and earrings from sterling silver and stones. It is rare to find a jewelry artist who creates all parts of the finished item, but this is something Joy loves to do, and she does it well! Joy will be working and displaying at Kimberly Lyon’s (Ladybug Glass) location in Casco. Be sure to make the stop to see her wonderful work. Welcome to the Tour Joy!
About Wild Prairie Silver
I just love to play with fire. I love mixing fire and metal so I guess that in turn makes jewelry. I am self-taught for the most part and really enjoy making the entire piece right down to every little component.
Jewelry is now almost full-time for me. I am by education and devotion an RN. I only work as an RN one day a week. I might cut back even further because my jewelry business is so busy that I sometimes can’t keep up.
My children are often helping me which keeps me busy too. It’s great that I can stay home with them and have a business that is as busy as it is. I am truly blessed. They often help draw up designs and give me plenty of ideas and inspiration. They also are great critics: “Mom, that is really weird.”
Other inspiration comes from the outdoors. My flower garden is pure pleasure for me to work in and observe. I am surround by nature where I live and love it.
Don’t forget my husband. He acts like he is hands off the girlie jewelry business but I could not do it without him. He is constantly buying me tools. He only buys the best tools which is super. He just built me a hydraulic press. Yes, he is very handy. He is a great tudor when it comes to welding since that is his trade. You should see my beautiful stainless steal earring displays we made together – gorgeous. Without my better half I would not have half the skills or half the bravery to keep creating things. So even though he modestly stays out of the lime-light he is ever there in the back ground keeping me going.
will be at N6618 Hillside Road, Casco, WI