We had the good fortune of connecting with Leslie Shershow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leslie, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
I am in the field of art jewelry. It is a fairly small International community of artists that specialize in creating interesting and thought provoking wearable art. The jewelry in my field is not limited to precious materials – its value lies in skill, innovation, creativity, and design. Unlike much of the jewelry on the market, my industry creates work that is like sculpture to wear – it is often conceptually focused, thought provoking, and subversive. It pushes the boundaries of what many people consider jewelry to be.
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 life-long experimenter, and that often takes me down different creative wormholes where it is hard to determine the outcome. For example, I recently created a response to our current situation and the desire to reminisce about the past in the form of a jewelry generator. My husband is a web designer who helped with the coding, and we made an interactive jewelry creator – try it for yourself! https://www.jewelrygenerator.
Apart from making art jewelry, part of my time is spent doing fine jewelry commission work, like engagement rings and wedding bands, which I find very fulfilling. It’s really nice to interact with people on such an intimate level – to make jewelry that marks a pivotal point in their life is truly rewarding.
There are a few things that I’m most excited about right now. The first thing is that I was accepted into one of the most prestigious International jewelry exhibitions, Schmuck 2021 (schmuck means jewelry in German ). It started in the 1950’s, and takes place every year in Munich Germany, during their International trade fair. I am honored to have been selected for this exhibition! The other thing that I am excited about is a fellow jeweler and San Diegan, Jessica Andersen (http://www.jessicanandersen.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A great thing about San Diego is when friends come to visit, it feels like a vacation for me too! I am obsessed with anything tropical, so this is my pre-pandemic and pandemic list of favorite things.
Pre-pandemic: RESORT-PASS all the way! I love going to Paradise Point (I actually took my BFF there last year!) Restaurants: Turf Supper Club, Kindred, Ciccia Osteria, El Pescador. Bars: False Idol, The Rose, Nunu’s. Dancing: Bar Pink, goth night at Space Bar, Whistlestop. Shows: Soda Bar. Places: Barrio Logan (for shops and food – Salud!), South Park (for walking around), Swami’s Beach, Torrey Pines SP.
Pandemic-style: Paddleboarding at Coronado Tidelands Park – bring a picnic and beverages to have on the secret beach. Exploring tidepools and snorkeling at the coves in La Jolla – starting at Windandsea, and going up to La Jolla Cove. The Safari Park – especially later on in the eve. Anza Borrego State Park – for the hikes and the palm tree oasis! Biking along the Silver Strand Trail. Get takeout from Thanh Tinh Chay and go to the park. Get some great wine from Clos Wine Shop and drink it at home! Ha!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My former professors at San Diego State University, Sondra Sherman and Kerianne Quick deserve so much recognition! Since they are key players in the jewelry field, they don’t need the exposure, but the jewelry program at San Diego State University is a program not everyone knows about. SDSU has one of the best metals and jewelry programs in the country, and I was really lucky to study there under Sondra and Keri. They both pushed me to the next level, professionally and artistically; encouraging me to feel confident in my path as an artist. They have given me so many great professional opportunities (too many to name), and I feel so lucky that I can still call them once in a while if I am in a bind!