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About Me

Welcome to Shadow Dog Designs, your place to purchase beautifully unique, one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry! I love working with gemstones of all kinds and art pieces from artist friends and fair trade to create exquisite pieces of jewelry that will last a lifetime and, hopefully, be passed on to the next generation. The jewelry-making bug bit me hard about 20 years ago and I have been selling my designs ever since. My work has been sold through galleries in Virginia, South Carolina and Texas, through arts fesitvals, home shows and my online Shadow Dog Designs jewelry shop.


Experiencing a life long love affair with Nature (I'm a self-professed "nature geek"), I'm able to satisfy a strong desire to create by designing jewelry using mainly semi-precious stones and sterling or fine silver. But polymer clay, Czech glass, Swarovski crystals, copper, bronze, brass and lampwork beads also play a huge part in the design process. Since my Muse is Nature, all I have to do to be inpsired is look out over the amazing Southwestern desert landscape where my husband, our Shadow Dog, Seamus, and I are privileged to live.


People always ask about my business name, Shadow Dog Designs. It was named 16 years or so ago to honor our rescue dogs at the time who would "shadow" me everywhere and give me their undying love, support, playfulness, dog smiles and dog kisses. The original Shadow Dogs have all walked the Rainbow Bridge, but they live one in my shop name, banner and avatar. Our newest rescue Shadow Dog, Seamus, has been with us now for almost 11.5 years now and is the biggest, most loveable goofus you have ever wanted to share a life with. He was found at the local Humane Society, immediately won our hearts and was whisked home where he was immediatley spoiled.


I am an ardent supporter of adopting dogs, cats and other animals from shelters and rescue groups.  To help the many sweeties waiting for their furever homes, I started a line of "dog and cat rescue" jewelry.  For each piece sold, 1/2 of the purchase price is donated to an animal rescue group in need.  I am thrilled and humbled that the earrings and necklaces are brisk sellers both on line and at the arts festivals I attend.


All of the jewelry I create is designed and handmade in a smoke free, dog friendly studio (:


Thank you for buying handmade and for supporting handmade artists!


Peace and joy . . . Catherine (and Seamus)