“I'm the owner of Steeped in Silver, which is a home-based business. I make silver teapots and stone sculptures. Over the last 8 years, my work has been sold internationally and nationally. Truthfully, I really always wanted to be my own boss and set up at home where I can do whatever I want.

The ancient Thule people of central and eastern Arctic used whale ribs as roofs on their half-buried sod houses.

I started drawing when I was 8-9 years old, pretty much on my own, but then doing it throughout high school and that, that's something I knew I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and so I was just fortunate enough to pick up something I really enjoy doing.

There's a gallery here on the island, in St. Johns, Devon House, and they've put together shows that travel to Japan, and Russia, and Paris, and other places. And I've had pieces go overseas though those shows. They had one show that went to Japan, which was at the Canada Consulate and Prime Minister Chretien opened up that show. So I'm rather pleased with the way things have turned out.

The biggest promotion of myself is taking advantage of being in a certain show, or being asked to be interviewed for a particular article. Some pieces get more exposure than other pieces, and value goes up by that. The biggest expense of this business would be the silver. A sheet runs you roughly about $750 - $800. Out of that, I can get about 2-2 1/2 teapots.

Older and dustier looking carvings are deemed more valuable.

Everybody is given a gift in life of some sort. Some people find it and some people don't, and some people die trying - it's that simple. But you know, I think I found mine. Because I knew for years really what I wanted to do is what I'm doing right now.”

 

 

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