We had the good fortune of connecting with Adrianna Gluck and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Adrianna, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
What stands out was when I immersed myself in the Bay Area maker community in 2017.  I had recently been laid off from my job and was trying to decide what I wanted to do next for work. I knew I wanted to do something different from what I had been doing, which was social work, but I wasn’t sure what it was. With the help of some friends, I started to create and plan a creative endeavor which I soon began that brought me to markets and had me meeting makers and artists. I’ve always loved the creative world and meeting creatives, as I’ve always loved to create.

Making with my hands and creating colorful things is something that I have done since I was little. As an adult, I’ve loved to not only create but also meet and interact with makers, learn their stories and the stories of their creations. During my journey exploring and building on this creative idea, I was surrounded by painters, jewelers, leather workers, ceramists, and sewers. These encounters gave me the creative energy I needed to follow what I loved to do, design and create jewelry.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
With a Master’s in Social Work and years working with families and children, I had thought that would be my career for many years to come. At some point, I found myself questioning this thought and wanting to look elsewhere. Feeling confused, torn in different directions, and guilty for not wanting to continue the professional path I had chosen, I felt stuck. Honestly, I stayed stuck for a while, working different jobs here and there. I wanted and needed to find a job that both made me happy and financially stable. To be honest, I am still struggling with being financially stable to the point I would like to be, but I am happy with the paths I have chosen. I have realized that there are other ways for me to continue with my creative business and I have embraced them.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

Hmm, we’d start the day with a croissant at Fournee Bakery. There would probably be some maker market that I would want to take them to. Then a visit to Hog Island Oyster Company in Marshall for some oysters, cheese, and wine. Followed by a visit to Sea-to-See in Pt. Reyes Station for some local shopping. Maybe end the day with a sailing trip on the bay with Adventure Cat Sailing Charters. My favorite is a sunset sail.

Since moving to California, and meeting my partner, I have become quite the lover of nature and being outdoors, especially camping. That said, I would want my friend to see and experience some beautiful California nature. Maybe a camping trip up north to Lassen National Forest or a few days in Mojave National Preserve.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents for sure. They always encouraged my creativity as a child as well as kept most things I created, even if they didn’t have the space to keep them. My friends and my partner as they encourage my creative exploration and desire to find what feels right.

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