creative community 03 | meet Treffry of Pluma Jewelry
Treffry is a bright and lovely lady. We find great encouragement in the caffeine heavy conversations we have. She makes the most beautiful handmade, quality jewelry, full of geodes & gold…we can't help loving sparkly things.
Hart & Honey got to spend a morning with her and her sweet daughter. We respect and love seeing the gentleness and love she has for her as well as the amazing support her husband gives her.
We are very interested in how creative folk balance work + family. You have a little one, a loving husband and an adorable pup, what things do you do to ensure you and your husband have quality time together?
Oh gosh, that can be a tough one with a toddler. I would say unplug. Turn off the T.V., the laptop, the ipad. It’s tempting after her bedtime for us to hit the couch and veg out by watching T.V. or looking at the internet but that’s not quality time together. Fun activities as a family are so fulfilling too. When we all experience something new together as a family it certainly brings my husband and I closer together. There’s nothing like it.
Memories of being creative as a kid?
Well, I have always loved rocks. I was constantly picking them up and bringing them home. I also remember when we were all into making friendship bracelets. I remember pinning the threads to the leg of my pants and working so hard on tying the knots and laying out the pattern. We loved those silly things.
Where are you gaining inspiration currently?
I get all the inspiration I need from the stones, and the fact that gold is everywhere now. I love gold and the texture of the metal and stones.
How does being a jewelry designer affect the way you see the world?
I think the things a woman chooses to wear make a big statement about who she is. I find that exceptionally interesting.
Being your own boss can be a tricky thing. What is your favorite thing about being self employed?
No one will work as hard for you as you will for yourself….except maybe my husband but that’s on the eve of an art show when I have worn myself out and everything still needs packed.
What has been challenging and how are you overcoming those challenges?
It’s very hard to sit down and work when there are so many other things to do everyday. There are countless things I have to and need to do other than make jewelry and that it can be very overwhelming. Some are business related and many are life with a toddler and living in a 100 year old house. I have found that I have to allow myself time away from my desk to work on other things that I really want to get done. I still constantly feel like I should be in the studio though. There is no time when you are “off the clock” when it’s your own business.
With what other mediums do you like to dabble?
I have always seen a project or piece of art and thought, “I could do that”, regardless of the medium. Of course that isn’t the case but I like to try. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Was there ever a point in your career when you wanted to throw in the towel? Can you describe how you overcame that time and kept going?
I can’t think of any one time I have felt that way, but the truth is that it’s hard and you have to find the motivation, and the drive, and the inspiration over and over again. Sometimes it’s daunting, sometimes it comes easily. It’s about remembering why you do what you do in the first place and constantly pushing yourself and pushing forward.
How do your friends/family encourage you?
My fabulous husband is so supportive by always being a tireless helping hand. I love seeing my friends wear their pieces in their daily lives. They got up and had a million things to do too and chose to wear a piece of my work throughout their day. I love that. It’s also always great when friends drop off a fabulous homemade pasta when you just really need pasta.
What is your favorite stone at the moment?
It would be impossible to pick just one, but I gush over the gorgeous deep blue of azurite, the crystal structure of apothylite and the velvet green of malachite right now.
How do you take your coffee/tea?
Cream, lot’s of cream.
You have a love for being in the kitchen, what is your favorite thing to cook/bake?
Oh that’s easy, pasta. Any kind of pasta. Delicious food is fleeting and I love every minute of a giant plate of steaming pasta.
Most productive place to work?
A messy but not too messy desk. Just messy enough that everything I need is accessible but not so messy that I can’t find what I need when it’s right in front of me.
Favorite album to listen to while burning the midnight oil?
Any good classic rock. The Stones, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Led Zepplin, The Who, Jimmy Hendricks.
If you could design a piece for one person (living or passed), who would it be?
I would have to say Elizabeth Taylor. She loved jewelry and BIG rocks. I would introduce her to a few slightly different rocks.