TVSN: How did you get into the business?
Carolyn Pollack: I have always been a designer. I was blessed to have a mother and grandmother who were incredible seamstresses. From a very young age, I was encouraged to imagine my special occasion outfit or dress, and my mom would bring my vision to life. After graduating college, I went to work for a large fashion jewelry company, which took me from Minnesota to trendy Los Angeles. On a vacation to Santa Fe, New Mexico I made the decision to relocate to this “Land of Enchantment”. I soon met my husband and partner Bill, and it has been a marriage made in jewelry heaven!
TVSN: What outfits do you love pairing your pieces with?
Carolyn Pollack: My style is eclectic, colorful and unpredictable. I love fashion, and because I spend equal time in the Southwest and the East Coast, I find my own happiness incorporating the jewelry, clothing, accessories and outerwear I gravitate toward. I feel that if you buy what you love, what truly speaks to you, it can all work together in your own unique way. I also Know that when I buy things outside of my personal style, I’ll kick myself because I’ll rarely reach for it. No matter what a great deal it was.
TVSN: Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Carolyn Pollack: I find my greatest inspiration when I read collector comments and reviews, and then spend time imagining what will most delight them next. Isn’t it wonderful that women are treating themselves to jewelry now, not waiting for someone to gift it to them? It is a very personal expression of style and confidence. And when a woman treats herself to sterling silver and genuine gemstone, it is a very special, lasting part of her wardrobe and personal style. I don’t take that lightly. I am honored when she chooses my jewelry.
TVSN: how long does it take from concept to creating?
Carolyn Pollack: We design and handcraft every item in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. From concept through to production, and item can take 6-12 months, depending on complexity and what we discover along the process. The beauty of designing and crafting everything within our production studio is that everyone who touches the piece is so passionate about the final outcome and contributes to making it the absolute best it can be in order to delight our collectors! From sketch through finished item, there is tremendous attention to detail, and that takes time and commitment.
TVSN: Is there a design you’ve always wanted to created?
Carolyn Pollack: I am fortunate to design what inspires me every day!
TVSN: What is your favourite part of the process when creating a piece?
Carolyn Pollack: I love collaborating with our amazing Team to bring what starts with a vision to life as a wearable piece of art. Of course, nothing makes me happier than knowing we have created a piece that our collectors love, and reading their comments about how fabulous they feel when they wear it, and how pleased they are with the quality craftsmanship.
TVSN: What can we expect from you next?
Carolyn Pollack: Always something new!!!! Unique, bold, sculptural and colorful.
Carolyn Pollack Silver will be back at TVSN for shows during April
April 10th at 10:30am and 4:30pm
April 11th at 12:30pm and 6:30pm
April 12th at 2:30pm and 8:30pm
If you miss a show, you can rewatch it on Catch Up TV!