We had the good fortune of connecting with Jade McClendon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jade, what are you inspired by?
Without a doubt… Our incredible, loyal customers inspire us every single day. We get such amazing messages and testimonials from women who LOVE our art just as much as we love creating it. We have built a community with the most unbelievable women over the years that have become not only loyal customers but lifelong friends.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a glass artist and Jewelry designer. For over 20 years I have been melting stick of glass, using a torch fueled by propane and oxygen. The molten glass is shaped and freeformed into one of a kind glass beads and pendants. Each bead is then carefully crafted into exquisite wearable jewelry, using sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, and semi precious gemstones. We take tremendous pride in our top notch quality, and customer experience. Our jewelry makes women feel confident when wearing our pieces no matter what else they have on. It isn’t the typical, trendy, mass produced newest thing on the block. We are creating timeless wearable works of art that will aid in making women feel like the confident, powerful, GEMS that they are. We are so honored to be building a story brand, and have all of our incredible customers along for the journey.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
OOOhhhh so many amazing places to explore in AZ… although we are total homebodies, the options in AZ are endless… For the kids, we love a good staycation… so we always hit up the Fairmont Princess a couple times a year, especially around the holidays. They make it MAGICAL! Anything SPORTS… with three athletic and ultra competitive kids, any sporting event is always a hit. A couple of our fave spots for eating out are SORSO wine room at Scottsdale Quarter and LAMP Pizzeria. Also, be sure to check out local Art Festivals. Arizona has 2 of the biggest and best Art festivals in the country… Fountain Hills Art Festival, held in November and February, and Tempe Festival Of the Arts held in December and March… These 2 events are a must. We have attended as feature artists for the past 10 years and the buzz is always incredible.
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?
So much support and encouragement comes from my Mom, Angie. She is not only my business partner, artist, and mentor, but, together, we have built this love for glass and our community one day at a time for over 20 years. Step by step she has been by my side. Her passion for what we do drives the vision forward each and every day. Of course the love an encouragement from my husband and kids Jaysha age 10 and twin boys Niko and Tayo age 7 is next level… The kids little creative energy is always on fire, and my husband is constantly available to listen and help navigate the ups and downs of being a business owner and help me make rational decisions…