Nashville has long been known for its music and entertainment. Help Kickstart a new Nashville artisan jewelry gallery and business!
Hello! My name is C. Edward Norwood. I'm the owner of Norwood's of Nashville and am excited to bring to you my newest artisan jewelry which I have titled my "Bones and Blades Collection". During my 20 plus years of making jewelry I often found myself in love with the beauty and unique characteristics of a piece of jewelry before it was "finished". Working for other jewelers and in retail, I was expected to make pieces that looked as if they came off of an assembly line with perfect lines and no blemishes. These pieces looked cold and non-living. Before finishing they looked not only alive and full of character but also as if they possessed a unique and vibrant personality.
Embracing the philosophy that the individuality of each piece gives it more realism, I have created this wonderful line of jewelry.I am also including other pretties of nine as rewards that are not in the "Bones and Blades" category.
After having lost my entire shop to theft several years ago I started over with nothing more than a jewelers saw and a cordless drill. I began making cut coin jewelry and invested the proceeds from each sale into more and more equipment. Over the past several years I have acquired mostly used tools from retired jewelers and have made the creations that you see here. Though I can create almost anything by hand, the time and effort that it takes to make each piece with my current used and rudimentary equipment prevents me from being able to make my pretties efficiently enough to make a living. Like what you see? Just imagine what I will be creating with new tools! With your help, a successful Kickstarter campaign will allow me to buy newer equipment that will allow me to be more efficient in producing my current line. This will allow me to expand my "Bones and Blades" collection in the future and to create other new pretties currently residing in my sketch book and imagination!
First, The Bones:
For those with Facebook, you can click any image here and go to my Norwood's of Nashville Facebook page. More photos of these and other pretties can be found if you go to my "photos' and then to the "albums" section.
Secondly, The Blades:
Bones and blades are not the only pretties that I make. Here are other rewards:
Currently, I do not even have a website. My funds will first go towards tools and supplies that I need to create my pretties. Secondly, I will purchase a website and new computer. Thirdly, if things go well, I'll open a retail location in Nashville for my artisan jewelry and a location to host other artists works and events.
Though my goal is small for this campaign, enough for new casting supplies, I have hopes that Kickstarter can help me obtain my ultimate goal of establishing a greenhouse style artisan jewelry and art gallery in Nashville. Imagine an indoor mix of Roman and Japanese gardens with grass, koi ponds, trees, stone walkways and jewelry and art displayed throughout. I'd love to not only have such a location as a retail location but also as a gallery where other local artists could display their works and hold events including classes. Lofty? Yes, however, nothing great was created without first being someones lofty dream.
Risks and challenges
With over 20 years experience I am confident in my abilities as a jewelry artist. All of the rewards listed have previously and recently been made by me with older, basic jewelry equipment. A successful Kickstarter will provide me with better tools that will not only speed up the manufacturing process but will allow me to create my pretties in even greater detail.
In the event that my campaign is successful beyond my wildest dreams, I have jeweler friends who are willing to assist me to make the rewards and get them out on time.