Though Erica Peterson studied metalsmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design, when she launched an online shop as a side hustle in 2013, it was to sell pottery. “I was designing accessories for these big fashion lines, but I missed using my hands. So I started making ceramics,” Erica explains. “But I wasn’t actually great at it—throwing a bowl would take me like an hour, so it wasn’t a viable business,” she laughs.
Her potting plan got stuck in the mud, but the experience did give her the guts to turn the project, Stvdio, into a place to experiment with angular, large-scale—and wearable!—objects she couldn’t find anywhere else. “I want to create bigger jewelry that’s comfortable. I used to take off my bracelets and rings off as soon as I started typing,” Erica remembers. “I don’t ever want that to happen with my stuff. I want people to forget they’re wearing my pieces and fall asleep in them.” Part of her strategy for making necklaces strung with giant brass squiggles and shoulder-grazing earrings nap-ready? Brilliant mechanisms, like a sliding chain that lets you place those chunky pendants wherever they’re comfy and a hinge that keeps your fingers mobile, no matter how big the ring. How’s that for adjusting expectations? —