Meet The Artist
Name: Veleta Vancza
Born/Raised: 1973 Tucson, AZ
Current Location: Kingston, NY
AAS Fashion Institute of Technology 1993, BFA SUNY New Paltz 2000, MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art 2003
How did you come to jewelry:
My mom took me to Colonial Williamsburg when I was 4 years old, and I decided right then and there that I wanted to be a silversmith. I had jewelry class in my public junior high school (Emily Gray Jr. High in Tucson, AZ with Ms. Chapman) & started taking private jewelry lessons at age 16 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with a man named Billy King.
Where do you gather inspiration:
I’m inspired mostly by popular culture, contemporary folk art (like nail art) & my love of chemistry. I like to see what’s going on around me and try to make innovative things using the vernacular of todays trends.
Does creativity run in your family? Is it supported?:
My mother was a weaver and always had us doing a variety of craft projects around the house, like making sand cast candles or custom melted wax wrapping paper. My father was an inventor, he made electronic dog collars, and built computers at home in the 70s. I think I have the perfect blend of uber-nerd and creative curiosity. They have always supported my desire to make things.
What do you do for fun:
I love to host and attend costume parties.
Do you do other types of art, besides jewelry:
I consider myself an artist & conceptual designer. Most of my works are sculptures that hang on the wall. Jewelry is a bonus!
Any volunteer organizations or activities you are crazy about:
I’m a big fan of Huru International, an organization that provides sanitary napkins and supplies to women in Africa. http://www.huruinternational.org
Favorite trip you have taken:
Sonoma County drinking wine all day. Need I say more?