The “B” of Bespoken
Jewelry artisan Gretchen Baneyx
My creative journey began early. I was one of those kids when given crayons and paper they’re entertained for hours (a big plus for my mom!). As I grew older my interest in math and science pulled me away from art and I spent my next few decades pursuing the scientific muse.
My transformation into as a metalsmith began while I was working as a research scientist. I used to joke that it was ‘therapy’ for my day job. I began by dabbling in wire wrapping, but really fell in love with creating jewelry when I lit up my first torch.
What surprised me the most after I become a jewelry artist was the depth of personal meaning customers find the pieces they wear. It’s far deeper than personal adornment. I now realize the right piece of jewelry expresses who you are, makes you feel more beautiful, and reminds you that you’re loved.