Modern Bronze is a jewelry line owned by twin sisters, Sarah and Liz. These two lovelies have been a huge part of my creative life for nearly 20 years. Their unique and rich style is bohemian and earthy, yet modern and chic. I feel like a goddess when I wear their pieces. Perhaps it’s the ancient earth history in the gemstones they use? Or the love that’s poured into each piece? Whatever the root of the magic, Sarah and Liz gave me the honor of touring their studio where they work together to make the beauty that is Modern Bronze jewelry. Check out their creative space as well as the interview that follows!
The vibe of the jewelry you two make is so layered and rich. The pieces feel like they have an ancient history, but they feel fresh and new at the same time. What are some of the ideas and inspirations behind your pieces?
When we first started out, we were really into the luxurious feel of Renaissance jewelry seen in the portraiture of that time. Regal ladies in furs, adorned with rubies and pearls on multiple fingers and layered necklaces and head pieces. Over the past three years inspirations have come from just about everywhere; Ancient Aegean cultures, Roman jewelry, Hindu Goddesses, Native American traditional jewelry, and religious iconography. We take those inspirations and incorporate them into our original ideas to create pieces that are ancient in feel but with our modern spin.
You both have a long history of creating beauty and inspiration, whether it’s via painting, pottery, jewelry making...Share a little bit about your life journey and what brought you to where you are now.
From the time we were little girls, we would go to the Main Street Festival in Franklin and plot about how we wanted to have a career where we created something like those folks. I think we were drawn to their creativity, the freedom of that lifestyle, and their entrepreneurial spirit. We always knew we would choose a creative field for ourselves.
Through the years, between the two of us, we’ve had stints as painters, retail associates, bar tender, real estate agents and more. But it always felt temporary for both of us, like a holding pattern until the right thing came along. A mentor of Sarah’s suggested she might try jewelry design. Sarah invited Liz to partner up and we saw right away that we are better together. The life of a studio artist/artisan can be a bit boring or lonely, but we never have that problem. And it’s great to always have that second person to bounce ideas off of.
Share about a time when you had to take a leap of faith and just jump over that cliff.
For sure that leap of faith took place when we each quit our “day” jobs. Until then, we were both working full time at those jobs and full time somehow at our jewelry business. It was really scary only relying on our new business for income, but it was a very exciting time simply arriving at the studio for work every day, and throwing ourselves into the creative process full time. We credit the support of our amazing husbands, Matt and Andrew, for allowing us to take that leap.
What is your favorite space/environment like?
For Sarah, it is the sanctuary of her backyard in the shady mornings, enjoying her latte with her dog Bode. For Liz, it’s cuddled on the couch with Andrew (the husband) and Lola (The schnauzer), watching each and every horror movie known to man. As strange as that sounds, that’s it.
What books are currently on your nightstand?
Our main guilty pleasure is reading young adult supernatural adventure. Liz is reading the Divergence series and Sarah is reading the Mortal Instruments series. But don’t tell anyone, haha.
Your go to musical selection?
We listen to Pandora in the studio. Our stations are super varied, but we switch regularly between reggae, bluegrass, zen meditation, 90’s grunge rock, old school hip hop or country, modern folk and Celtic.
Any beauty secrets? You two never age and are always so radiant!!!!!
Awww shucks. We both use Bare Essentials mineral foundation and love it. Other than that, I think it’s important to hydrate, be compassionate, strive to be comfortable as your genuine self, smile and mean it, and just generally try to be positive and seek happiness.
Do either of you have any mottos or mantras?
Mermaid or Forest Fairy?
Mermaid (Sarah), Forest Fairy (Liz)
Kilim or Toile?
Spoons and bowls or forks and plates?
Forks and plates.