Juliet Ames

Artist

"We are kind of desperate for some human interaction and it's so fun to find a little human touch in odd places out in the world, especially when we can't be together in real life."

Describe yourself as a maker/artist/creative 

I am an artist from Baltimore, who has been focused on making jewelry and art from recycled china since 2006. 

What are you currently working on?

 

I am currently working on a wholesale order for JoRetro in Havre de Grace made from Pyrex bowls broken in her shop. This spring collection will focus on the green and pink Pyrex patterns. In my spare time, I am designing panels to give Baltimore Salt Boxes a facelift. My fellow artists and I have decorated almost 60 of these boxes this winter.

Has your work shifted in response to the pandemic? How?

Work has really gotten me through the past 10 months. I moved my operation from my studio in Hampden to my home so I could be there for my son who has been doing virtual school. I've never been busier and I am so grateful for it. Social media has been really helpful in sharing my work and expanding my audience. 

 

In your opinion, what role does the creative process play in helping us confront our “new” reality?

It seems that folks are really in need of a little joy and art is a good way to find that. People are having so much fun with this Salt Box project and I am not sure if it would have been as appreciated in winters past. We are kind of desperate for some human interaction and it's so fun to find a little human touch in odd places out in the world, especially when we can't be together in real life. I'm so happy other artists are joining in to spread the joy.

Anything else you'd like to share?

 

I'm so excited for people who started new hobbies and businesses during the pandemic. It's hard to find the silver lining of a pandemic but people learning how to cook, craft and play music for the first time is such a gift. I hope our new reality is full of people who aren't afraid to try new creative things. 

See more of Juliet's work here