We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Leavitt and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Heather, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
We are both teachers by day and artists by night. It’s certainly a delicate balance, and at times it can be very difficult. Especially right now during the holiday season! We divide up a lot of our “non-creative” responsibilities for Leavitt & Asher between the two of us. For example, Rebekka manages the social media and Heather manages the finances. Ideally, we would like to move away from our day jobs and make Leavitt & Asher more of a full time gig someday.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Leavitt & Asher is our handmade jewelry brand. We use a variety of precious and semi precious natural gemstones and metals such as sterling silver, 14k gold fill and copper. We use a range of techniques from wire weaving and basket wire wrapping to metal smithing and bezel setting to set our gemstones into wearable pieces of art.

It has taken a lot of practice to get to where we are today. When we look at some of our older jewelry and wire wrapping we can see how far we’ve come. We do a lot of reflection and are so grateful for how far we’ve come.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m relatively new to the city so I’m still learning about it. I’m a big fan of our museums. So on the list would definitely by my two favorites: The Musical Instrument Museum and The Heard. On the menu would be a trip to The Sicilian Butcher. I would also love to plan a day trip up north to see the beauty of Sedona.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Leavitt & Asher was co-founded by Heather Leavitt & Rebekka Asher. We still share in both creative and business activisties. We especially appreciate all of our repeat customers around the globe who have supported us over the past few years.

Website: www.leavittandasher.com

Instagram: @leavittandasher

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