Get to Know Our Artists: Q&A with Communion by Joy
Join us in welcoming Communion by Joy to NEWTWIST! Sculpting jewelry for over 10 years, Joy Smith, founder of Communion by Joy, creates wearable art inspired by nature, symbols of inner strength, and rituals that honor connection to self and others. Read on to meet Joy and learn more about her story and her work.
Tell us a little about your journey in life. What drew you to jewelry design?
I have a deep love for art and always knew I wanted to create beauty in the world. I actually never thought I would be a jewelry artist, my first love was fine art painting. I just stumbled into jewelry when I took a wax carving class and started making pieces as a hobby.
What are your favorite stones/materials to work with?
I love working with rustic diamonds and unique stones.
What inspires your creative process?
Nature, art, and spiritual thought inspires my process.
What inspires you to channel your inner strength?
Just being true to myself.
How do you like to start your day?
Before I open my eyes, I say a prayer of gratitude and visualize my day.
Describe your personal style.
Describe your jewelry style.
I wear pieces with meaning and spiritual intention.
Accessory you can’t leave your home without?
My wedding rings.
What are you currently reading?
Favorite way to de-stress?
Cooking while listening to music and reading.
Favorite place to visit?
Paris and Hawaii (which I currently live).
What do you like to do when you’re not in the studio?
Hangout with my family.
Explore more from Communion by Joy’s collection here.
photos by Laura Barton & artist photo courtesy of Joy Smith