BLUE DOT STORY
Blue Dot Jewelry began when Caitlin discovered precious metal clay. For her, silver clay was an answer to the question of how to create lasting jewelry that captures and pays homage to the ethereal details of the natural world.
Silver clay has all the freedom of clay and is responsive to intricate textures, making it the perfect medium to replicate the veins of a leaf or spire of a shell. It's also well suited to organic designs and tiny original sculpture. Once kiln fired, the organic material in silver clay burns away leaving behind only the silver, culminating in fine, heirloom quality jewelry.
Caitlin considers herself fortunate to have grow up surrounded by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. In 2006 she moved to New York City, where she worked for several years in journalism and design. Blue Dot Jewelry — so named for our blue marble home and all the tiny wonder it holds — began on the kitchen counter of her Brooklyn studio. Today she makes jewelry full time in the Hudson Valley where she lives with her 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."