Tenth-grader Moriya White takes the gold when it comes to silver smithing, as she creates local handmade jewelry for art shows across the country. White has been crafting handmade jewelry for about three months with longtime, professional jeweler Pam Fox, who owns Pam Fox Jewelry.
White’s sister, who previously worked for Pam Fox Jewelry, and Fox encouraged White to begin crafting her own jewelry. Pam Fox Jewelry creates and sells female bracelets, earrings and other accessories made from mostly silver, gold, and natural stones such as pearl and opal. All items are handmade by Fox herself and employees like White.
White creates her own custom jewelry with Pam Fox Jewelry from start to finish. From the initial wax tree molds to the blow torch and welding, she is involved. Typically working as much as 22 hours on the weekend with Pam Fox Jewelry, crafting is simply something White loves to do. “[The jewelry] gets its own story. Wearing it makes it into something new and refreshed, and as an artist, you know your art has been carried around the world, which is why I love making it,” White said.
Pam Fox Jewelry travels across the country attending art shows and competitions in order to sell products and earn money at various competitions. White has attended a majority of the local craft shows held at St. Armand’s with Pam Fox Jewelry. Pam Fox Jewelry sells a majority of their products at craft and art shows, as well as additional items on her online store, pamfoxjewelry.com.
White plans to work full time with Pam Fox Jewelry this summer while Fox is living in Minnesota for half the year. White does not intend on putting her unconventional abilities to sleep anytime soon, as jewelry-making and art is her one true passion.