Here in our studio things are ever bustling! In the center of all this activity is our dear Leah - a hard working, open-hearted alchemist that's full of grace. She was generous enough to take some time answering our query's - read below..
What is your position at Rebekah Brooks, and what is your favorite part of your job?
I am the Studio Manager, which means I oversee the production of all jewelry, special orders & repairs. It is my job to help make sure everything runs smoothly in the studio. In addition to production, I oversee the ordering of materials, castings, make sure orders are completed on time, help train new team members, and assist with jewelry design. I make everything from earrings to engagement rings. There are so many things I love about my job! But above all, I just love that I get to work with my hands all day. Time in the studio just flies by. It still never ceases to amaze me, that moment when you look over at the clock and half the workday has gone by.
What are you passionate about outside of work?
Outside of jewelry, I am a painter and enjoy working in my home studio. I work in primarily oils, gouache and watercolor. I have a strange fascination with ants and moss, and I collect antique photographs – all of which make their way into my artwork in one way or another. I am also an avid rock climber and hiker. If I’m not in a studio, I love to be outdoors.
What is your favorite jewelry era?
My favorite has to be the Georgian period. Stone cutting was still very new, jewelry techniques were still being established and the pieces had such a raw, handmade look about them. My favorite pieces from this era are the symmetrical cluster designs, which were very prevalent. More specifically, I’m obsessed with Bohemian garnet pansy motifs. I think the flat cut stones with the closed bezels and foiled backs are absolutely gorgeous, especially when you can see the different pinks, reds and oranges of the garnets.
Check out Leah's website here where you can see all of her beautiful work! www.LeahHollrock.com