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The Making of a Maker’s Mark

May 12, 2017 , In: Business Tips, Clay
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This post has been a long time in the making. The making of this Maker’s Mark! My Graphic Designer and all around gal pal Betsy Mortenson has been working with me for a year or so. While the process isn’t that long in and of itself – working around her schedule, my schedule… you see the time frame now! 

I had long wanted a mark/stamp that I could use on tiles, on packaging, across the board. But I am working in so many mediums, and with so many themes… the question was how to find one clear and simple icon that summed up “ME”? Enter Betsy – who has talent, skills and experience in this field. Here is is: 

Half inch initial stamp for pendants and 1′ makers mark/initials for tiles & tags

2″ designs for muslin bags and boxes

Betsy was divine! We would lunch, I would ramble, she would extrapolate real info from y over caffeinated musings. She anted to know whose packaging I liked… my first thought was Rachel of Dida Metals. Her logo is clear, and uniquely hers. It related to her personally, but you do not need that background info to appreciate the clear graphic quality. Rachel uses this logo on all her cards and packaging – as a “brand” should be! 

Dida metals: my packaging inspiration and metals friend.

We played with a goddess motif and a hare motif. Clearly the hare won. Not a bunny – thats cuter, whimsical… and that is not the brand identity I wanted. Hares are more mythic: from fables to tall tales, to totems. Betsy had me pinpoint specific hare shapes:  

Selecting the specific tilt and shape…

Evolution of an idea. Images (c) Betsy Mortenson.

From my chicken scratch in m y notebook, and from my Lunar hare tile… the idea was born! Its so wonderful! I have a gross of muslin bags to stamp as my new jewelry bags. ( Where I put them safely in my studio is another question. ) I have happily stamped my most recent tiles with my mark – and even these lino print cards! In the future I will glaze the marks on the tiles – it was so new to me I forgot! And the 1″ size is great for jewelry hang tags. The overall look was partially inspired by Asian “chop” marks. These two can be stamper with overlapping corners as well, for a more unified presentation. 

All in all I couldn’t be more thrilled. This is really a soft launch of my new brand identity… but one step at a time. You will be seeing more of this in the future. When I can – I plan to have the initials made into a custom metal stamp for my jewelry pieces. I would love to hear your comments! 

 

 

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Jenny Davies-Reazor is a mixed media artist inspired by myth, folklore and the natural world. A proud Jack-of-all-trades, she concentrated in metals and painting in art school, turned to clay during her teaching career, and is truly happiest when mixing materials in unusual ways. From clay to resin, paper to polymer... Since leaving her ceramics classroom, Jenny is always in the studio: fabricating jewelry, creating ceramic shrines and decorative tiles, and teaching in a variety of mediums. " I love sharing my passion for art, and seeing sparks light up in student's eyes..."
  1. Reply

    Oh, I love them! They look really beautiful and are so you 🙂

    (Want my own….. 😉 !)

    • Kathy Lindemer
    • May 12, 2017
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    Perfect for you!

  2. Reply

    Love these maker mark stamps!! It is definitely ‘your’ mark. I have been wanting to do the same-just can’t come up with anything that says ‘me’…

    • lesleyhw
    • May 12, 2017
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    Excellent designs and totally you….wish I had something so distinctly me.

    • Sarajo Wentling
    • May 12, 2017
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    Those look great!

  3. Reply

    I have my own “cipher” that I use as a maker’s mark, but haven’t gotten a stamp made. I still hand draw it on everything.

    The funny thing is that it’s not the same as my devotaj logo. It’s more of a personal signature. So maybe I need to get a stamp for devotaj. Hmmmmmm

    • jewelsofsayuri
    • May 12, 2017
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    lovely, I got my stamp made many years back but I hardly use it

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    How awesome to work with a graphic artist and get something that is uniquely you! The hare is perfect and I love how she did your initials with the three little dots. I hope to have something like this one day!

  5. Reply

    Very cool. I especially like the abstraction of the hare stamp. I tend to like this type. My own is a small trefoil flower. 🙂

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