About the Artist
Wendy Lea Holder, founder of Jewelry by WendyLea, and her life/business partner Robert Oliver create pieces of art for people who are looking for artistically designed statement pieces unavailable anywhere but in their Jewelry by WendyLea studio.
Jewelry by WendyLea is a family owned business located in Camarillo, California. Their combined jewelry making experience spans over 50 years. Using traditional and custom silversmithing techniques, they design and fabricate handmade artisan jewelry combining their own lapidary /stone cutting work with semi-precious gemstones, bamboo, leather, silk, wood and precious metals.
Wendy teaches classes on metalsmithing and is a demonstrator for the local county fair and gem & mineral shows. Bob teaches lapidary / stone cutting. Bob and Wendy frequently show their work at Arts & Crafts fairs and Fine Arts festivals in the West and at the local Art Center.
They love using beautiful high-quality genuine gemstones (hand cut and carved by them) to design and create their original one-of-a-kind jewelry, along with precious and semi-precious metals (fine silver, sterling silver, bronze, copper, brass, gold, gold filled, titanium and nickel) and combining some of that with leather, wood, silk and bamboo.
Bob and Wendy call their trips to the mines their "turquoise vacations" where they go to pick out their own ore and rough. They get their inspiration from life, nature and each other. They are members of the Ventura Gem & Mineral Society (www.vgms.org) and actively participate in the local gem club shows.