A week ago I finally got to meet the creative force behind one of my favorite jewelry lines of all times,COMMUNION by Joy. I have been following her work for the past couple of years on Instagram and every single time she posts a new piece, my fingers buzz in anticipation of the day they get to be adorned by her work. She's an incredible artist who pulls stories from wax to create powerful talismans. Her rings feel like tiny sanctuaries, quiet places to return throughout the day to be reminded of the strength, beauty, magic, and enchantment of being a woman. She so graciously let me tag along on her work day to see the process of her jewelry as it changes from wax to shining ring, all the while talking rituals, intentions, and nature. She pours so much love and intention into every piece of jewelry, that they practically vibrate at the touch. So go ahead, I dare you not to drool all over her work.
LADY LU: How long have you been making your beautiful talismans?
JOY: I have been making my art for over 10 years. I have always loved art since I was a child. I studied some art history in college and dabbled in painting and drawing. My calling for jewelry design came when I worked at an art gallery and realized that I wanted to be the artist. After working in a gallery with artists, I decided it was time to tap into my own artistic side. I started taking lost-wax carving classes at night and I was hooked! I loved the idea of being able to sculpt anything I wanted. I feel my brand empowers strength with feminine elegance. It is modern vintage with a touch of bohemian flair.
LADY LU: How did you arrive at the name Communion by Joy?
JOY: I loved the definition of COMMUNION it was so fitting for me and what I want to express.
Communion - noun. The act of sharing one's thoughts and emotions with another or others; intimate converse
LADY LU: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
JOY: My inspiration comes from nature and the mystery beyond the veil of life. This is a feeling I try to capture with my designs. When I give my attention to the life around me inspiration follows. I love ritual and symbolism. I find my inspiration communing with the spirit in nature, animals and people. I love to make jewelry that carries an energy of inner-strength and contains the power from the design or the stones I set into them. My process for keeping the creative fire going is by connecting to people and their stories.
LADY LU: Do you have a favorite stone with which you like creating?
JOY: I love turquoise, opals, moonstones, pink sapphires and diamonds
LADY LU: What is the magical and rewarding part of your work?
JOY: I love to share the magic of beauty through art. I put my soul and heart into all the pieces I create and I love when people tell me that they can feel that presence in my jewelry.