Maker Enterprise Profile: Courtney Reckord’s Topographical Jewellery


Who’re you and the place are you positioned?

My identify is Courtney Reckord and I reside in Burlington Vermont.

What do you make?

I make information pushed jewellery utilizing USGS information. Each bit is an correct illustration of a unique panorama.

How do you make them?

I begin with information from USGS and import that into Rhino3D. I then mannequin the piece by slicing, compressing and including jewellery components like bails and bezels and edges. Then the piece will get printed on a excessive decision 3D printer. That’s the constructive. That constructive will get molded, after which utilizing the misplaced wax casting course of, the piece is solid in metallic. I’ve a pending patent software.

What’s the hardest half?

I went by means of a interval the place my laptop was crashing so much if I used to be engaged on a bit that included too giant an space, as a result of there have been simply too many information factors. I’ve resolved this by getting a pc that’s extra optimized for this type of work, but it surely nonetheless occurs often. It’s a bummer as a result of generally a number of work is misplaced. I’ve gotten so much higher about saving my work periodically!

The place can folks discover you to purchase your stuff?

The easiest way to seek out me is on-line at my web site.

I promote my work in a wide range of shops, principally in Vermont, however just a few scattered across the nation. You’ll find an inventory of stockists on my web site!

What’s your day job if not this enterprise?

My day job is that this enterprise! I used to work as an artwork instructor, however have been working in my enterprise for a number of years now.

Do you attend a makerspace? In that case which one?

I’ve been part of Generator makerspace in Burlington for a few years on and off.

Generator has been an enormous supply of assist for me alongside my journey of making a profitable enterprise. I used to be an artist in residence early on in my involvement with Generator, which was a supply of funding for my work and had an accountability issue which is at all times useful. Then I used to be in a position to get funding from the UVM Implementation and Modeling Facility by means of a pitch held at Generator. They helped me to create a number of the first prototypes of my work. Later I used to be an entrepreneur in residence at Generator. That program is a cohort mannequin of enterprise house owners studying about issues like money move, getting funding, advertising and different features of working a enterprise.

How did you get began making stuff?

I’ve at all times been a curious one who likes to create issues. If I needed to assume way back to doable I’d most likely say that Legos have been an enormous inspiration for me. There have been these units of chateau Legos. I’d begin by making the set the best way the directions stated, however then inevitably I’d take them aside and blend them up and have a good time simply constructing issues for enjoyable. As an grownup, being an artwork instructor was an awesome place to get concepts and check out a ton of several types of tasks, from STEAM impressed tasks to instructing fantastic metals. College students at all times wish to push the boundaries in order a instructor, in case you are open to it you may be taught so much actually rapidly.

What product or variation have folks most responded to? 

When folks take a look at my jewellery, particularly the topographic items, they give the impression of being cool but it surely doesn’t instantly register that they’re topographic maps. After I inform those who the response is fantastic. They’re amazed and tremendous excited. Everybody has a spot that’s significant to them whether or not it’s the place they grew up, went to school, or received engaged. My jewellery is a approach to assist them carry round constructive reminiscences of these moments.

What do you’ve got in your horizon?

I’ve been broadening my work out from mountains and canyons to incorporate our bodies of water; rivers, lakes and bays. I even have been incorporating stones into my work. My newest ring is of the Lena River in Siberia and I’m setting crushed opals into the channel of the river. It is going to be beautiful, and I look ahead to incorporating the crushed opals into my work in different methods.

What’s your largest battle as a maker enterprise?

My largest battle has modified over time. The primary a number of years, earlier than I had an precise product and I used to be nonetheless within the concepting and design phases, I used to be pissed off so much. The undertaking originated with a query ‘wouldn’t it be doable to create jewellery utilizing precise information?’ I wasn’t essentially certain it might be doable, and I undoubtedly wasn’t certain if folks would have an interest within the product assuming I discovered how you can make it. I spent a number of days waking up at 5 am earlier than work to get an hour of labor in and there have been many moments the place I thought of giving up as a result of I simply was not progressing. Nevertheless while you make only a teeny tiny step ahead that may be transformative by way of providing you with the vitality to maintain going.

Now that I’ve my work move going, my largest battle is stepping away from the enterprise. Whenever you personal your personal enterprise, there’s at all times extra to do. Deciding when to step again and say ‘I’ve performed sufficient for the day’ is the toughest factor for me!

How has your online business developed?

My enterprise has developed from a query “Wouldn’t it be doable to make jewellery utilizing precise information” to a thriving enterprise with a web-based retail presence and plenty of shops that promote my work.

I’m so comfortable that folks like what I’m doing and proceed to problem me with new requests so I can develop my ability set and create new work.

What undertaking are you most enthusiastic about?

In the meanwhile, I’m most enthusiastic about beginning to do extra work combining the technical features of the work- all the laptop modeling- with extra arms on features of the work- like including stones and utilizing the Keum-boo (gold foil) method.


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