225 Magazine based here in Baton Rouge interviewed me and took some photos of my studio for a feature in their September 2017 issue!
Here are some of my favorite excerpts:
While most people don’t give [concrete] a first thought, much less a second, she studies it. [...] Baton Rouge makers craft jewelry out of leather, metal, wood and even oyster shells. But Rusbar may be the first to have turned concrete into a style statement. To her, concrete has everything she wants for making jewelry: beauty, complexity and ubiquity.
“It’s the perfect shade of gray. It’s fantastic,” she says, gushing about the material. [...] “There’s a lot of character involved in it, if you look at it.”
She starts with a sketchbook, drawing out design concepts and shapes for her jewelry. Once she has an idea, she doesn’t cast a mold. Instead, she takes copper tubing and hammers the material into shape piece by piece—this way, no shape is ever perfect, and each one is different from the other. The last step is pouring in the concrete mixture. To her, the individualized production method offers concrete the extra texture it deserves.