Marjorie's Cracked Plate Jewelry offers broken china jewelry, wire wrap jewelry and wire crochet jewelry. Pendants, necklaces, earrings, rings, brooches and more. And now sea glass jewelry too!
I'm Marjorie Cunningham of Marjorie's Cracked Plate Jewelry and I design wire wrapped jewelry using smoothed shards of china, porcelain, ceramic and even Waterford crystal. And because my grandmother gave me the knowledge of how to crochet, along with a love of it, I also crochet with wire, creating necklaces and bracelets that are incorporated into my broken china work.
I've lived on the Jersey Shore all my life and am a true clam digger! So of course, I couldn't leave out sea glass and unique broken shells from my jewelry line. Which pleases me no end since the shore has been such a part of my life. There's nothing like walking along the beach and finding those bright little pieces of sea glass, which unfortunately it's becoming harder and harder these days to find.
During the day I work as a paralegal, which is an interesting and rewarding field. But it can certainly put a damper on my creativity! I sometimes design jewelry in my mind before I go to sleep at night and when I wake up in the morning, I want to jump out of bed and make my idea into reality. But instead the law firm work is waiting for me. And sometimes by the time I finish with that, I've lost the vision that I'd had the night before. So it's quite a conflict. And it's also quite a challenge to find enough time to create jewelry and market it when most of my day is taken up with the law.
Living on the Jersey Shore is the best of all possible worlds. I'm right between New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, three of the finest cultural cities in the world. And yet I live in a suburb, which isn't as crowded and noisy as the cities can be. I have a 24-year-old daughter and my mom lives just a couple of streets away. So my life is quite full and content.