Today we’d like to introduce you to Lori Gottlieb.
Hi Lori, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I have been in the Greater Baltimore area for thirty-two years. I originally came here from New York to practice surgery. After fifteen years of a thriving surgical practice, I started having visual issues which prevented me from continuing my practice. Being forced to change careers,
I went back to something I had been doing as a hobby for a long time- making jewelry. I was able to adapt my style to my disability and still use my problem-solving abilities and the hand skills I learned as a surgeon to create stunning works of art for my clients. I find that imperfections are what make my pieces unique and even more beautiful. My inspiration has always been nature, mostly as seen from my bicycle in a bit of a blur as I ride by.
Whether it is the curves of a river, rocks, the layers of fallen leaves, the mountains, shadows, or flowers, I find beauty in my surroundings and bring that into my jewelry in an impressionistic way. I love natural surface stones and try to incorporate them into one-of-a-kind pieces.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The road is never smooth! I have taken a circuitous and unlikely route to get here. Reimagining yourself is never easy. I did study art and jewelry making in high school and college, along with sciences.
When I first came to Baltimore for my surgical practice, I was spending my off time making pottery at Baltimore Clayworks. Subsequently, I was taking jewelry classes at MICA Jewelry center- just for fun! Who knew it would become my new career.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I make wearable works of art. I feel that how we present ourselves can be very empowering. My jewelry is organic, unique, and generally has a sense of movement. I combine silver and gold to create little treasures that will make your personality shine and your individuality will show through when you wear them.
Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
Covid-19 has shown me that pivoting to a more prominent online presence is not only possible but may be preferable to schlepping to do shows, though I do miss meeting my clients and miss seeing people try on the jewelry.
Covid also confirmed my long-held belief, that dressing up or just adorning yourself with a great piece of jewelry can alter your mood significantly. I saw this for myself and was pleased to see that people were still purchasing jewelry during Covid isolation.
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Wave necklace photographed by: Victor Wolansky