PHOTO ESSAY: A studio visit with Practical Art artisan Michelle Spanyard of Tucson, AZ

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The very last sentence in Practical Art artisan Michelle Spanyard’s standard bio is about how one of her jewelry pieces was worn into space by Captain Mark Kelly as he commanded the last mission of the space shuttle Endeavor.

Did you get that?   HER. JEWELRY. WENT. INTO. SPACE. 

People, I can’t tell you enough, lead with those items of note! I knew one of my current friends for nigh on six months before I’d found out he’d been a guest on The Jerry Springer Show. What?! Those things get inserted into your first handshake, guys! And, certainly, the cosmos is eons cooler than a rough-n-tumble farce of a talk show.

And why shouldn’t they be in space? Her works are stellar! (Couldn’t help it.) From her Tucson studio, Spanyard does everything from etching to enameling, precision hand-saw techniques to setting stones. Her sense of color, design, and quality craft are evident in each piece. Just take a look for yourself.

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http://www.practical-art.com

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