What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
Sutton-Hoo Jewelry. Iím the owner and craftsman.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
I do the repairs, the concept/design work (ideas on paper) and jewelry construction (the realization of the concept/design). Iím also responsible for the daily bookwork and upkeep of the shop.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
Forty years total. When I was a sophomore in high school, I had the opportunity to attend a summer art camp at the University of Kansas where I studied sculpture, painting and drawing. I saw other students taking jewelry - I had never thought of jewelry as art before. Later, as a freshman, I wanted to take an art class but since I hadnít declared a major, I wasnít allowed to. So I asked the jewelry professor if I could take his class and he said sure. Now I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in jewelry and silversmithing. Iíve been here on the Westside for six months.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
The creativity involved in the design work. I have repaired and built some very unusual pieces. Sculpture-wise, I have put antlers on elk, tails back on horses, the nose back on Will Rogers and fixed a hole in Hitlerís head (these from peopleís private collections.)
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
Not much, I would like a little more time off. As a hobby, I play the cello in the Community Orchestra and in the Pueblo Municipal Band. I also play in a mandolin orchestra, the Mandocentrics.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
Schooling doesnít prepare you for the repair part of the work nor the bookwork. I learned that on my own. Also, dealing with customers Ė Iím a better craftsman than salesman.
What makes working on the Westside special?
The people Ė they are so friendly.
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