Today we’d like to introduce you to Cala Page.
Cala, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am the designer/creator of Phase Collection! I was born and raised in San Diego and have felt love for gems and minerals ever since I was little. My grandpa and uncle both made and designed jewelry as a hobby in the past. I always loved looking through my grandpa’s extensive mineral collection and loved the jewelry my uncle designed for Christmas for us each year. Both have since passed away, but it feels very special to focus my creativity into continuing jewelry making while utilizing the more modern technique of electroforming.
I have always been surrounded by strong women who supported me and encouraged me to push myself, from my mother and grandmother to the wonderful friends I have made throughout the years. Recently I was inspired by a group of amazing, talented people in my life, and that was the final push I needed to create my little jewelry collection.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I create jewelry using raw, rough gems and minerals as the focal point of each piece. Phase Collection honors the natural aspect of the gems and minerals utilized and reflects this vision in each handcrafted piece. I try to get all of my stones from local vendors here in San Diego, but if that isn’t possible, I try to use California-based small businesses as vendors for my materials.
I use a process called Electroforming, which involves electroplating: Using electricity to deposit metal onto a conductive surface, which in this case is solid copper surrounding gemstones and minerals.
An ode to the moon and inspired by strong women, Phase Collection was designed to fit seamlessly into any style at any phase of your life. I often make pieces in circular designs. The moon, earth, a pregnant belly, the womb, seasons, and life itself are all circular. The circle is a classic representation of the goddess, as women historically represent life and new beginnings. More importantly in today’s world, the circle also represents equality: While gathering in a circle, people come together as equals. No one is at the head of the table, everyone is equal, and everyone has a voice. Whichever aspect of each design speaks to the person wearing it; overall I want each handmade piece to serve as a small reminder of the power that lies within each of us, and our connection to something larger than ourselves.
The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
It’s hard to make it as solely an artist, especially in San Diego due to cost of living. Many of us have more than one job to make things work. For me, I enjoy having an analytical, numbers-based job as well as my artistic/creative business. It keeps me on my toes, I’m never bored, and I can utilize my various areas of expertise.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I am part of a wonderful organization called San Diego Made, which was founded by local San Diego artists and provides events and space for other local artists to showcase and sell their work. They host an event called First Thursdays each month at the Lafayette Hotel in North Park. It’s the first Thursday of every month and showcases several local makers, artists, and designers. It’s a fun little shopping experience with food and drinks. I try to attend these events when I have time, and it’s always so much fun! There are also various events for the holidays, etc. in the San Diego area that I try to attend at least once a month. I post all of my upcoming events on my website at https://shopphasecollection.com/events/
- Website: www.shopphasecollection.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/phase_collection
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/phasecollection
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