Austin, TX Artist
Courtney's passion for custom jewelry design evolved in a natural progression from her studies of sculpture and artistic metal work. She began using copper and steel in her collegiate studies of art metals and welding technologies. In 1996, she happily found herself working as a casting technician and bench jeweler for a local manufacturing company.
After completing multiple certifications in art metals and metal sculpture, Courtney embarked on an intensive educational journey to Europe. While studying at the German HandWerksKammer School in Koblenz, she received five international certifications in as many welding processes.
Upon her return to Austin, Courtney utilized her passion and inspiration to build her own jewelry studio, the Creative Side. There she employed her vast knowledge of jewelry design and fabrication, as well as her extensive skills and techniques in art metals and welding technologies.
But she did not stop there! Courtney felt a driving desire to share her knowledge and passion with others, which led in the culmination of Austin's premier jewelry school, the Creative Side Jewelry Academy. The school quickly became a beloved home for local jewelers and aspiring metal smiths where Courtney teaches the lost art of wax casting alongside other invited experts and masters from around the world.
Courtney designs and creates one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, specializing in custom engagement rings and wedding bands. She finds a great sense of happiness and accomplishment working with clients to develop their original, custom pieces. Courtney's devotion to her craft and her clients' satisfaction has made her one of Austin most distinguished custom jewelers. [click here for client testimonials]
Though Courtney spends most of her time creating custom jewelry and keeping up with two young sons, she still finds time for her first love, metal sculpture. Her commissions from custom metal pieces range from beautiful interior design lighting sculpture and sconces, to the more quirky and fun found object metal masks.
Just like a modern Wonder Woman, Courtney finds balance between her worlds of teacher & custom jeweler, wife & mother, and singer-songwriter with the local band Suburban Beat. While most of her friends and colleagues are not sure how she does it all, they are sure that she especially devotes herself to infusing all her worlds and artistic endeavors with positive energy, good intention, and most importantly, love. This is where Courtney truly succeeds.