AREtsy Featured Member: TSmithDesigns

It's that time of the week again - time to feature another fabulous AREtsy artist. Teresa Smith (seen above in her studio - not the little one below right, although, she's a cutie!) has been a great addition to our team and brings some very drool worthy jewelry to the Etsy table at very affordable prices (my favorite kind!). I can't wait to share a bit more about her with all of you. You can find all of her lovely jewelry over at TSmithDesigns.

Tell us a bit about yourself name, location, affiliations, personal stuff:

My name is Teresa Smith Mulkey. I live in El Paso, Arkansas. It is a small central Arkansas community outside of the Cabot – Conway area. We raise and show horses. We also have Corriente cattle. They are a sturdy breed of cattle for roping. We compete in Barrel Racing and Team Roping. I compete in Barrel Racing events and rope at the house for fun. I am a board member of our local Barrel Racing Association. I was one of the featured board members on our Barrel Racing website. This is a family oriented club and we have all ages that compete. We also have events at our arena.


I have been a member of the Arkansas Arts Center since I moved to Arkansas and have been participating in the classes at the Museum School as well. I have been a member of the Aretsy team for some time and have also joined a team for metalsmiths. I am also a member of SNAG. My husband is a farrier. I have two daughters, he has a son and we have five grandkids with two more on the way.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I ride my horses as much as possible. I am competing on a young horse and he needs “lots of wet saddle blankets” to keep him in shape. I am looking forward to a big garden this year as well.

What first made you want to become an artist?

In High School in California I had a jewelry class for an elective. I was so inspired and kept taking the class. My instructor Bob Bass was my mentor and I hope to find him again some day. My grandmother who is 94 was a great influence as well. She is an amazing seamstress and cook. She had a garden and was a desert baker for years. She still cooks for herself, can’t do any crafts because she is now legally


Please describe your creative process how, when, materials, etc.

I usually let the materials dictate the design. If I am making a custom piece I might have some guidelines to follow. I will sketch and move stones around until I come up with the design. I have a sketch book in my purse and use scratch paper while at work if a design idea hits me.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

I don’t think I have anything that my grandma made, but I have saved some artwork that my girls did when they were young.

Name your top five books, movies, songs/musical groups, and web sites besides Etsy.

I am really addicted to magazines, so I don’t read books much. I do like to look at “coffee table” books on Art & Interior Design, Fashion, and of course Jewelry.

I don’t watch much TV, but I do have a TV with a DVD player in the studio. I will have a movie on for background noise. I also sometimes have “small” metalsmiths working in the studio and they like to watch movies as well.

Here are some favorites:


The Devil Wears Prada

Failure to Launch

The Family Stone

Marie Antoinette


Varied from Country to Rock. I have listened to most everything at one point or another. I am currently listening to Gary Allen.


Beads of Cambay


Barrel Horse World


How do you promote your work?

Website http://www.tsmithdesigns.biz

Blog http://www.tsmithdesign.blogspot.com

Facebook Teresa Smith Mulkey

I also set up a table at the horseshows that I attend. I make jewelry for my friend at work as well as family members.

What are your favorite things about belonging to AREtsy?

It allows me to be a part of a fantastic and cutting edge group of artisans. You get to meet people all over the world.

In ten years I'd like to be...

working from my home and not the daily grind of a 9-5 office job.


chris massingill said...

Great interview Teresa! We need to get all the central arkansas aretsians together sometime soon!

Sunny said...

Glad to know more about you Teresa!