Teresa Hinrichs

Cougar Wild

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Riggins, Idaho

Describe your artistic style.
I make Native American Style Jewelry of all kinds.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
My work reflects my moods. My space in life.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Bone, horn and natural gemstones

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Cougar Wild

What inspired this design?
I am an Indian in spirit. I feel it...it moves me.

How did it come together?
This piece put itself together. It flowed...I was just the tool.

Share Your Background:

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I began making jewelry about 2-1/2 years ago, from a jewelry box full of broken jewelry.

Who introduced you to beading?
My Grandfather was a master. His house was like...heaven...beautiful rocks everywhere and grandpa creating magic on his grinder.

Do you have an artistic background?
Other than watching other people...no.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
Went on a search for gemstone sales.

What other hobbies do you enjoy?
I love to garden, cook and preserve food...and herbs.

Beading Success!

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry making is an emotional outlet for me, it comes second nature somehow. It takes away stress. It is full time...I do it while I do everything else. It's hard to explain...other than my coffee table is my workspace.

If you use jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I live in a town of 400, give or take a few...but my hometown has been my biggest buyers. We get a lot of tourists thru here in the summer. I have my jewelry on consignment in seven shops in town. Plus, I sell my stuff myself. I wear my stuff to work (my normal job of waitressing) and everywhere I go. What better and cheaper way to market it.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I have donated about 30 pieces to about five different charity functions, and have raised about $800 for these charities.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Don't short change yourself. Pour your soul into your work and it has life...share that life with others. It makes people smile a bit.