BLUE DOT STORY
Blue Dot Jewelry started at the collision of two loves: love for the infinite possibilities inherent in clay, and for the intricate details found throughout the natural world.
I was fortunate to grow up surrounded by beauty in the Pacific Northwest. In 2006 I moved to New York City, where I worked for several years in design and journalism. The day I discovered precious metal clay was one of personal creative fireworks. PMC has all the freedom of clay, while its culmination is fine, heirloom quality jewelry. Blue Dot began on the kitchen counter of my Brooklyn studio. Today I live and work in the Hudson Valley with my husband, son and daughter.
More about PMC: This clay is composed of microscopic particles of silver suspended in a small amount of organic material. Once a piece is dried and kiln fired, the pure silver (.999) is all that remains.
On this site you will find jewelry made from leaves and seeds, shells and other collected bits. Nature finds become silver in two ways: either they are used to make a mold, which is then filled with silver clay, or the clay is thinned so it can be slowly painted right onto a leaf, built up layer by layer.
CAITLIN MCNAMARA | Designer, Artist
Photo by Elizabeth Peters
WHAT'S IN A NAME
Blue Dot is a loving nod to our incomprehensibly diverse, life-giving home planet.
Astronomer Carl Sagan often used the endearing nickname 'pale blue dot' for our Earth. I am fond of the following quotes from his book, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space:
“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives... every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar,' every 'supreme leader,' every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam...
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet...
To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."