Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December Give Away by Maria Goti Joyas!


Win this pendant by Maria Goti Joyas! Just post a comment telling us what you love from her shop! And, if you want, pick items from our other shops, too!

Want extra entries? After you do each of the following, post a comment here and it'll count as an extra entry.

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3) Tweet about this giveaway and leave the link here.

Maria tells us about herself and her work in the interview below.
Q. Tell us a little about yourself.
A. My name is Maria and I'm 23. I live in Navia, a little town in the north coast of Spain in a community called Asturias. The best thing of living here is that Navia is a really quiet place. We have nearly all the facilities of a city concentrated in a little town but seasoned with sea, mountanins and countryside. You can relax walking trough the beach , the port... but also you can go shopping or to the gym. I think we have a good mix here and an enviable landscape.

Q. What kind of jewelry work do you do?
A. My jewelry is 100% handmade. I don't like wax casting though I learned how to do it. I prefer the direct contact with the metals and the uniqueness of something handmade. I work with sterling silver, natural gemstones with unique shapes and cultured pearls (I would like to point that I always hated pearls and look now!! You can never say never!!.) From some months ago I'm also including gold in my creations. What I like best doing is one of a kind pieces. I have a new collection in my Etsy shop that is called Criaturas Marinas (Sea Creatures) composed by ooak jewels featuring natural cabochons of fossilized corals. I really enjoyed working on that so if I could, I'd never repeat a piece. I easily get bored of doing the same day by day, I feel like I am stagnant. If you check my shop you'll see that I love oxidized silver and textures. Oxidized silver is a great opcion for combining it with colorful gemstones, it gives a great contrast and I like it a lot. I think that my designs are closer to the minimalism as I don't like very ornated jewelry.

Q. Where did you learn to make jewelry?
A. For making jewelry I studied in a jewelry school in Oviedo during 3 years. There I learned jewelry with a classical basis, gemmology, wax casting and setting. When I finished bachellor I decided that I wanted a job where I could use my imagination and also my hands. I didn't want to study years and years for ending working sitted in a desk, that is not for me. The fact is that since I was little I enjoyed arts and crafts and art was the subject I most enjoyed in school.

Q. What was your most exciting piece to make?
A. As I said before I enjoy every ooak piece I do but I think that I would choose the Verne Ring. I felt in love with labradorites since I bought some in my friend's Denise's Shop and I wanted to do something special with them. It also was the first time I included gold in my work.


Q. What is the most interesting story you have to tell about making a piece of jewelry?
A. Well, I would call it the most "creepy" story about making jewelry. Once I had to do a ring with a dissected beetle that a friend brought from a trip to Egypt. I couldn't believe that I had to do that so I tried to look at it as less as possible. Luckily for me I could end the ring without getting panic, I really don't like insects and less touching them neither if they don't move.

Q. Tell us about 3 of your pieces.
A. This is the first pendant/brooch I did from the Criaturas Marinas Collection. Once I did it tons of ideas emerged for making the rest of the colection, so I'll be including more pieces soon. It took me 13 hours for making it so is the piece that took me more work of everything I did.





A. This ring is the most strange piece I ever did. For me it was a therapeutic piece because it was the first ooak piece I did after being months going to craft shows with nearly the same items. I needed to break that monotony so I just improvised; and this is the result.





A. This is the first ring I made once I left the jewelry school and is also the ring I most sold since I started working on my own. I never could thought that this ring would have so sucess. I did it with a lot of different gemstones, but I'll always prefer it with black Onyx.

56 comments:

Maria Goti said...

I just wanted to add that the pendant is 100% handmade in oxidized silver and 18 kt gold.
Good luck!!! :)

Jody said...

Following Etsyjewelryteam on Twitter.

-ShabbyNChic

munieca said...

I love Maria's work!! hope to be the lucky winner!!
:))

my favorites are, Fleur noir long earrings, and fleur noir ring. Simply gorgeous!

Sarah Robin said...

Guau! María Goti is an incredible creative, my favourite piece is from her last collection, is CRIATURAS MARINAS VIII earrigs.

majito said...

Que lindo colgante Maria!!
tus creaciones salen fuera de lo comun, son geniales. A mi me encantan los pendientes "Verne Earrings", son mis favoritos!

Kabi Designs said...

I Love Maria's Creations Are Unique ^_^

My Favorite Pieces are Dalmation Pendant and Creaturas Marinas

Karina ^_^

mia said...

this shop is beautiful!! i love Black Nenuphar 2 Ring!

Marivi said...

Todo precioso, yo adoro desde siempre tus anillos.Mi favorito ... Julia Ring.
Besos

MELODY ARMSTRONG said...

Hello Maria
I just love your CRIATURAS MARINAS (Sea Creatures) collection.
They are so organic and original, I have never seen anything like them!
I also have them as my favorite on Flickr.
Melody Armstrong

ARTina said...

Several of Maria's pieces have my heart on Etsy. My favorites are the CRIATURAS MARINAS VIII earrings!

ARTina said...

Oh and by the way...I am following and have Tweeted! http://twitter.com/The1SewSweet

aroluna.com said...

I always admired the Verne's ring, but when the sea creatures pendant /brooch appear in the scene, it became my ultimate favorite. Maria is an amazing artist!!!

Lunahoo said...

Fantastico el trabajo de Maria, me encanta la colección de "criaturas marinas" y el original anillo "el viejo balancín" :)

Sabella said...

I know I've been so AIM lately... but I couldn't pass the oportunity to say out loud how much I love your work. I'm the proud owner of one of your pieces already and I'm afraid it won't be the last one because your "Criaturas Marinas Collection" is calling out to me hehehehe ....
I really enjoyed this Q&A, we learned a little about you..

Already Twittered and followed the blog: http://twitter.com/sabellamc

Irene said...

Me encanta la colección Fleur Noire, aunque todas sus creaciones son originales y preciosas.
Lo malo es no ser adinerada y poder lucirlas todas!
Sigue trabajando así!

am said...

Mis preferidos son los pendientes heel
soñé con ellos hasta que los hice mios ^^

fetXmi said...

Bueno, ¿qué voy a decir yo? si soy una fan incondicional de mi Marieta!!!
Ya guardo en mi cajón una buena colección de sus/mis piezas...es una artista!!
Esta vez me inclino por la colección Fleur Noire....en especial por ese precioso anillo:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30293388
Suerte a tod@s!!

fairycreations said...

wow maria! this is more than beauiful more than unique!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_11&listing_id=26702960&ga_search_query=ring&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5854853

kind regards,
maria

neraidodhmiourgies at gmail dot com

fairycreations said...

am a follower of your blog!!

neraidodhmiourgies at gmail dot com
:)

Selena said...

Complicado sólo elegir uno... pero me quedo con Criaturas marinas V

Eva said...

I love Maria's job. All the things in her blog are beautiful and it's very difficult to choose one. But I have to do ........I fell in love when I saw Criaturas Marinas IX. XOXO MAria!!

zime said...

Ohhh what a great giveaway!!! Too complicated choose only one!!
I love Criaturas marinas y Mix earrings and ring :)

Good Luck!!

Sandra said...

Por supuesto que me apunto.. tengo que elegir una??? pues el viejo balancin.. me encanta! pero todas tus joyas son geniales, TODAS!!! Felicidades!

Christals Creations said...

I love the Oxidized Nenuphar ring on Etsy. Fab!

niu said...

I love this pendant! it´s beautiful!!
I've already knew Maria's work and I think it's amazing!...I prefer: all the verne's series, the bullet series, orbita ring, fleur noire ring and the henar pendant...

Yolifer48 said...

Quién conoce a María por sus obras, ya sabe qué persona es... creativa , original , realista y franca. Por su forma de realizar sus obras, originales y creativas, por usar materiales puros,
por su inquietud en buscar cosas nuevas, diseños nuevos, nunca encasillarse...siempre me sorprende..
Ya tengo un juego, diseño de ella que me gustó por su originalidad, pero cada vez que saca algo me encantaría poseerlo.
Amo lo que ella crea.
Espero y creo con seguridad que tendrá exito en su especialidad.
Besos María.

Yolifer48 said...

Hice un comentario, sobre tí María en español pero con la web traducida por google, y no lo veo por ninguna parte, me encantaria que apareciera, más que nada porque eran mis sentimentos sobre ti y tus creaciones.

Intres said...

Fantastics and original creations :)
My favorite: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32325711. I adore her little earrings.

emeeme said...

Great Giveaway!!!
I love the Oxidized Lines Ring.

anna said...

Cuando ví su petición fui a lu tienda y estuve un buen rato para escoger, pero como son muchos los preferidos no supe cual escoger. Todos son preciosos, con mucho caracter, finalmente hoy lo he visto claro, mi favorito es Hidra Choker!!

Pizpireta said...

Es toda una artista, adoro sus diseños, mis preferidos son Julia Ring y CRIATURAS MARINAS VII
sigue asi, unos besos

Adictaaloscomplementos said...

Maria es una tan buena artista como persona y amiga. Tiene una visión y un sentimiento muy especial para crear y diseñar sus piezas, tiene un estilo muy particular que la hace única. Se que llegará lejos :) además se lo merece.
No sabría elegir una sola de sus piezas, porque me encantan todas, tanto que ha conseguido que me gusten joyas con perlas!algo inimaginable para mi jeje

El Julia Ring, el Magnolio Ring, el Fleur Noire... y su nueva colección de criaturas marinas es espectacular!
Se nota que no me gusta nada de nada... XD

Me ha gustado mucho la entrevista ^^

besines

Salad for Breakfast said...

I love Pink Pearl Nenuphar Ring!!

Salad for Breakfast said...

i follow your blog!

salinita said...

Me gustan mucho tus creaciones pero si tengo que elegir una seria el anillo banacin.

wadiefong said...

Beautiful jewelry, I love the Zulu necklace!

♥♥♥ Fall in Style ♥♥♥ said...

me gusta toodo lo que hace maría, no podría elegir solo una pieza ^^

Aunque.. el anillo balancin, me tiene robado el corazón.

pielxocolateyverso said...

My all time favorite: the Verne Ring, it's just dreamy. All Maria's pieces are exquisite and beyond great! Maria's art/jewelry is a wearable inspiration for all!

lindsay said...

oh DEAR, do i just get to pick one? i love love the verne earrings - asymmetic and balanced; elegant and fresh.

(pickmepickme!!)

iomiss said...

wow!!! I want that pendant, i love it!!

One of my favorites at her shop is......CRIATURAS MARINAS IX. It's absolutely gorgeous!

Cris

fleurfatale said...

oooh, her Fleur Noire ring is my fav!

fleurfatale said...

and I follow your blog!

Aalina Eden said...

wonderful collection of jewelry most beautiful i like all these lovely styles


Vintage Jewelry

Manuel said...

Después de echar un ojo por toda la web de Etsy, me quedo con el anillo "Órbita", quizás por su sencillez. Desde luego me parece uno de los más sofisticados que muestras, y los diferentes tonos grisáceos me gustan. Un saludo!

Star of the East said...

I love Maria's ENTIRE shop :)
This is one of my favorites:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32826979

Star of the East said...

And as I don't have a Twitter account, I am following this blog now.

ALEXCA said...

wow, tu trabajo es mas que hermoso pero si se trata de escojer me quedaria con el anillo "Oxidized Nenuphar 3", ya que esta hecho en mi color favorito,

Vivi said...

Hola María!
Me fusta casi todo lo que tienes! La colección Fleur Noire me gusta por los cantrastes y formas.
Pero lo que hace mucho tiempo me llamó la atención fue el "Verne Ring", que realmente parece salido de alguna parte del Nautilus! El Hydra Choker también me gusta.

Te estoy siguiendo aquí en el blog, en facebook y en http://twitter.com/etsyjewelryteam

Gotis said...

Todas ellas son piezas muy especiales!!
Me gustan especialmente los colgantes Henar y Zulu y los pendientes Verne, la combinación de materiales y colores es perfecta!

Espero tener suerte... un saludo.

Jennifer said...

First, I absolutely love the pendant being given away. Second I love the CRIATURAS MARINAS III pendant from the shop.
cspmom at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

I follow you on google.
cspmom at gmail dot com

滿意 said...

喜樂的心是健康良藥,憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。..................................................

Ana Gonzalez said...

En cuanto vi tus diseños me enamore de tu trabajo por la elegancia y el buen hacer, asi que me ha sido dificil elegir una sola pieza, esta es una de las que mas me gusta. Oxidized Dots Ring

Zoe of Sleepy Moon Design said...

I love the Fleur Noire Ring from he shop! All of her jewellery is gorgeous !

www.sleepymoondesign.etsy.com

Kristina Sabaite (krize) said...

Mi favorito de los favoritos es Fleur Noire 3 Earrings!

Replica Watches said...

Stunning jewelry, i just love jewelry and i am crazy about that but its really very difficult for me to choose only one piece, they all looks like master pieces.

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