I’m Sarah Elizabeth Burton. I’ve always been a maker, but it wasn’t until recently that I picked up a torch and a hammer to render beauty from raw silver and stone. Growing up, I was interested in art, but always pulled toward math and science because of a natural gift in those areas. I ultimately combined my maker’s heart with my affinity for science by pursuing a career in civil engineering. It was through this avenue that I was able to design amazing things; dams, bridges, roads, railroads – while being able to maximize my talents as a scholar. There was no greater exhilaration than watching something that I had designed on paper being constructed in life size dimensions.
Over the years though, I began to yearn for something more. After 8 years as a Civil Engineer working for one of the world’s largest firms, I hung up my hard hat, and entered the public school classroom to encourage the next generation. I took nearly a 50% pay cut to follow a passion. When I became a teacher, I vowed to make the most of the gift of summer by finding new ways to learn and better myself each year, and find myself. We each only have one life. It’s up to us what we do with it.
One summer, I impulsively signed up for a soldering and manufacturing class at a local studio, and from the moment someone placed a torch in my hand, I felt like I was coming home. From that point on, I was hooked. I have spent countless hours since that time, tinkering in the home studio that my husband made for me. I take my time on each piece that I make, and truly pour myself into my work. I prefer to work on one piece at a time, and see it through to completion before beginning the next. I find a stone that speaks to me, and take it from there. My favorite stones are labradorite, rutilated quartz and any other unique stone that I can find. Jewelry is a love of mine. I hope that you find something that speaks to you in my shop. I can guarantee it was made with love. Follow me on Instagram!