Sure, Claudia Amling-MacFarland creates beautiful jewelry as the creator of Depakote 250 mg purchase, but I think her true superpower is that she has created a successful career as an artisan in a town full of talented artists – and that is no small feat.
It is my pleasure to introduce you to jewelry designer and creator Claudia Amling-MacFarland – Santa Cruz Socialites’ Woman of the Week!
Born and raised in Germany, Claudia fell in love with an American, started a family and ended up in Santa Cruz – by way of Santa Fe, New Mexico. While in Santa Fe she reawakened a love for making art that had been dormant during her early professional career. “I started creating mixed media paintings…until I didn’t have any wall space anymore,” she laughed.
Things changed when she moved to Santa Cruz and was introduced to the vibrant and welcoming art community. “Right when I moved here the amazing and wonderful Open Studios Art Tour was happening. I remember I visited as many studios as I could, with my little baby boy in my baby carrier. The artists were so very open and helpful…not knowing that a few years later I would be one of these Open Studios Artists,” she said.
She has participated in Open Studios herself for the past 7 years.
And so, after her wall space was filled, Claudia went deeper, and, like Alice in Wonderland, found a most amazing world awaited her. You see, Claudia had wanted to create jewelry since she was a little girl. But, her dad asked her to learn something “proper”, so she went on to complete a three-year apprenticeship as an optician. She worked in that field for a few years, before returning to college and studying Marketing…which led her to Thailand for a 6-month internship.
It was in Thailand that she fell in love with Asia and palm trees – both themes that are expressed in her work with precious metal clay. If you have seen Claudia’s beautiful necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, you can tell she is inspired and influenced by coastal life – the sky, the sea, and the natural world.
When I asked Claudia where she would plant herself if she could live anywhere in the world, she said, “Certainly somewhere where palm trees grow.” In fact, when she first moved to Santa Cruz in 2003, one of the first things she did was plant a palm tree in her front yard.
Fortunately, Claudia lives in Santa Cruz, where tropical inspiration abounds, regardless of the weather. “I love to be outdoors and enjoy the beauty of nature of where we live,” she said. “Just looking outside my studio and seeing blue sky, beautiful clouds, my lovely garden…it inspires me, makes me happy and peaceful.”
Claudia is quick to credit the success of her business not only to the abundant inspiration of location, but also her friends who have supported her over the years. Her “first and still loyal customers” have proven to be one of the cornerstones of her professional success. Included among these women is Santa Cruz Socialites very own Monica Karst.
“I met “always smiling Monica” when she was still the owner of the BabyShoppe. She sold my Love Letter Charms Collection in her store and the first thing she got was a necklace with the initials of all her children,” Claudia recalled.
Clearly Monica knew talent when she saw it, for now, several years later, Claudia’s designs can be found in Artisans Gallery in downtown Santa Cruz, Many Hands Gallery and Urban Sanctuary in Capitola and Zinnia’s Gift Boutique in Scotts Valley. She also has her jewelry in Carmel and Hawaii.
Of course Claudia has a beautiful website where you can see and purchase her pieces – Depakote 500 mg purchase – but another option is to host a casual Trunk Show at your home. Invite some friends over, have some bubbly and try on jewelry with the artist right there to make suggestions and help you pick out just the right piece for your lifestyle. Bonus: Hosts earn free jewelry.
If you are reading this, you know how challenging it can be to raise children (Claudia has two sons, 11 and 13) and have a successful professional life. So, it will come as no surprise to you that when I asked what skills she sees as most important, Claudia responded, “Perseverance and the willingness to work long hours.”