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THE CUSTOM RING: Introduction

M. Hisae Design Guide Unearthing: The Custom Ring
This guide has lived inside of me for 6 years. Most days, I nod quietly to the immense amount of hard work I’ve put into my craft since that first day I landed in a jewelry studio, both a short and long time ago. Most days and the days leftover, I understand and welcome all that there still is to learn. It is well observed that I am not alone in these thoughts amongst my fellow craftspeople. I am endlessly grateful for the opportunities I have been given to learn and grow as an artist, and I intend for learning and teaching to continue on as visible pillars of my business and studio practice.

I’ve been collecting - hidden notes, quiet clues, choreography, idiosyncrasies, once useless and later useful bits. All of the above and more helped me to develop technique, predictions, fluidity, a discerning eye. More significantly, I developed the ability to communicate across a divide. A divide that every jeweler encounters upon bringing someone from the outside, a client with whom to collaborate, into their work. A divide of material luxury, not of humanity or knowledge or of the luxury of creating and celebrating meaning with another.
I hope to challenge and soften the divide, the fears, and the assumptions that sit deep within my industry. I hope to bring more work into this world that speaks to the invaluable worth of knowledge, commitment, lineage, and the role of connection in our lives. This guide is a gift, a foundation from which larger conversations can flow. There is so much more I want to teach, but this is a nice place to start. I welcome all, all are welcome.