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OF better late than never

How long has Sara Dudzinsky been making jewelry? “Since I was old enough to use those giant plastic beads,” she says. Granted, it took the designer some twenty-odd years to develop her aesthetic. In high school, she discovered a propensity for metalwork, and after getting her BFA in metals and jewelry from Cleveland Institute of Art—in her hometown—she moved out to Portland, Oregon, with her boyfriend. “We actually grew up two blocks from each other,” she confesses.

For Sara, what makes jewelry-creation her thing is the hands-on intensity of it. “I wavered back and forth between clothes and jewelry for a long time. What brought me to jewelry was the process. I like to sew, but I love the fire,” she explains. She discovered crystals—her material of choice these days—on a thrifting trip when she was sourcing inspiration and other accessory-worthy trinkets. “Even though I might be making the same pair of

earrings 50 times over, every one is a little bit different. They all have their own qualities, shapes, and characteristics. It makes it more interesting for me,” Sara says.

Now that she has this rock thing going—creating surprisingly delicate (and charmingly small) pieces from natural stones—she is putting energy toward sourcing some really fantastic crystals directly. “I’ve been trying to find more mines, make more connections,” she explains. This, it seems, will be another way to keep things interesting.


Behind The Scenes

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    Sara Dudzinsky Reads on the Job When Sara Dudzinsky makes jewelry—like the awesome earrings that you are hopefully wearing daily—she can let her mind wander. Lately, she’s gotten into books on tape while working from her Portland studio (pictured at left), and she recommends these three listens if you’re cooking, commuting, or DIYing yourself.Me Talk Pretty One Day“I’m a huge David Sedaris fan. He reads his own books on tape, and this one’s hysterical. I also love the part of When You Are Engulfed in Flames when he talks ab... READ MORE »
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    Sara Dudzinsky Makes the Best Turkey Ever She and her chef BF invite you into their kitchen.Sara waiting to chow down at The Bent Brick.Both Sara Dudzinsky and her boyfriend, Will Preisch, are passionate creative-types: She’s the designer of minimalist, earthy jewelry line Better Late Than Never, and he’s the chef at Portland, Oregon’s The Bent Brick, one of the buzziest restaurants in one of the top food towns. They can also often be found standing over a stove together at home, and this turkey recipe that allows you to work ahead h... READ MORE »
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    The Tools that Won Sara Dudzinsky’s Heart This jeweler’s favorite part of the design process is getting to play with fire.At first, constructing jewelry was plain boring for Sara Dudzinsky, who makes stunning, petite pieces out of her Portland, Oregon, studio. “When I was in school, I remember taking a production class and hating it—and thinking I could never make the same thing a million times in a row,” she explains. “But that’s what I’m doing, and I love it.” Now, she finds the intensity—and the hard-core tools—tremendously alluri... READ MORE »