"Ariana, what do you want to be when you grow up?"

When you're young, everyone asks you what you want to be when you grow up. I remember being asked this question often and my answer always being "A turtle!". Perhaps because my family always told me I could be whatever I wanted to be. I, of course, took that literally…
My first love has always been painting. Right out of high school I knew I wanted to pursue it in college. It's been seven long years and I don’t regret a single class I've taken. Except for math, I will always regret taking math!
I frequently get asked what I will do with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. My answer is always “I have no idea!” I study art because I’m passionate about it and hope it will spark a similar passion in others.
The summer of 2015 I stumbled upon the art of silversmithing. Something I never even thought of as a possibility in life until I saw self-taught silversmith Instagram accounts at 2am. I found myself drooling over all of the incredible jewelry; I had never seen such beauty. I wanted to drown myself in unique jewels and metals, even though my wallet disagreed.
A few months later I began researching the craft and realized I already had some of the required skills. My father manufactures microphones by hand and had taught me how to solder when I was younger which is a huge part of silversmithing. After some foundational research, I felt confident in my ability to pursue silversmithing.  With a few startup donations from friends and family in return for my first creations, I took the plunge. I was able to purchase more than half of the tools I needed, and spent months failing, learning and growing to where I am now. 
 Everyday I am still in disbelief that AVR has grown in such a short time. Thank you for your love, support and patience as I pursue my dream. I promise to slice and dice my hands to adorn yours for as long as I can.