We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryanne Sebern and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryanne, what do you attribute your success to?
I believe that success comes from doing what you love, with the capacity to share it with others. As a jewelry artist, I am grateful to have fused my passion and profession. I’m inspired by nature and adventure, so it’s no surprise that my years of backcountry guiding and wilderness exploration gave me some ideas. When surrounded by nature, jewelry ideas tumble through my mind and into my sketchbooks. I pour my love and passion into each piece as it becomes handmade jewelry to share. The result is authenticity in my craft, and success as an artist.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think the artist has always been in me, but being a successful artist and business owner has taken time and perseverance. Being an artist is to be passionate, authentic, and to believe. It also takes a lot of discipline. I first fell in love with jewelry making in 1995. I became a successful jewelry artist 20 years later. The decades helped me to create building blocks, and over time I’ve placed them strategically within my foundation. A few of these blocks include my BFA in metalsmithing, followed by many years of backcountry guiding and wilderness exploration, starting a family, and raising my 2 boys to love nature as much as I do. Building a community of like minded nature lovers is another passion of mine. I love bridging gaps with the jewelry I make. A simple, elegant landscape pendant connects the wearer to a memory, a place, an experience, and a community. My ideas have budded from the same. As a backpacking guide, I lived my days exploring the wilds of the Southwest. I gazed for many hours into the night sky, sometimes silhouetted by canyon walls, always peppered with the brightness of a million stars. I’ve enjoyed many conversations with hikers from all walks of life with one commonality, our place. These experiences are ever present in the jewelry I create, and the community I inspire. My goals and dreams are to give back to our wild places from which I have gained so much. Recently, I teamed up with The Arizona Trail Association on a fundraiser to preserve the 800-mile trail traversing the state. Earrings and necklaces are available on their website with 40% going to the trail. I’m excited to put more fundraising plans into action. My newest collection is in progress and is all about outdoor adventure. I can’t wait to share it! 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.
Flagstaff is a lovely place to visit. You can fill a day enjoying galleries, restaurants and shops in historic downtown. I’m partial to The Artists’ Gallery, a co-op gallery with a large collection of local art. Pato Thai serves excellent food and Mother Road Brewery makes the best beer around. Late for the Train has awesome coffee. We’re surrounded by National Forest so exploring is in order. The Kachina Trail is a great hike on the San Francisco Peaks- winding through aspen trees at high elevation. Some hangout time along Oak Creek is a perfect way to spend a warm day. Pick up pizza at Fratellis- yum! Or if you’re in the mood to go out, Salsa Brava is a great choice. Flagstaff is home to Dogswalk Bakery. They require online orders, and pick up in person. Their sourdough is to die for. Anytime spent outside is a good time.
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?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my community. Thank you runners, hikers, park rangers, and all outdoor enthusiasts. Thank you to everyone who wears my creations. I’m grateful to be part of your circle. You give me so much inspiration in all that you do, and I love that my jewelry is part of your lifestyle. My Dad, my brother and my husband are my rocks. I’m so grateful for their encouragement, and for believing in me. Being an artist is not all about the art. Fortunately a close friend and former employer BT gave me loads of experience managing a business and gave me the courage to start my own.