I wish there was an exciting story about how I got my nickname, but there isn't really. When I was fresh out of college, my new manager just started calling me "Bethie Beth" à la "Marky Mark" then morphed it into "Freshie Beth". It wasn't long before my coworkers and friends all started calling me "Freshie". Zero was my Jack Russell Terrier and yes, he was totally nuts (and a total sweetheart).
I started making jewelry when I was about 10 or 11.
I used friendly plastic, a very popular crafting material of the 80's, and made earrings which I sold door-to-door out of my Caboodle for $3-$5 a pair. I even sold my jewelry to a local boutique!
I had lemonade stands in the summer and hot chocolate stands in the winter - I've always been an entrepreneur at heart.
Upon graduating from Belmont University with an Art degree, I thought the only way to make a living as an artist was to paint, something I had little passion for. So I put my artistic aspirations aside and worked in different art and craft galleries for a few years. One day while displaying some handmade jewelry with wandering thoughts, I suddenly remembered that I had made jewelry when I was a child! I thought that perhaps I could make it again; maybe I could be a jewelry artist!
I first used beads and vintage components until one day I explored making shapes with wire and a hammer. After making my first circle and hammering it, I immediately knew I had found my medium.
My signature style evolved into what it is today - delicately feminine, modern jewelry.
Freshie & Zero is thriving, so I now have a little bit of help making jewelry. We work together in my studio in an ever-expanding downtown Nashville arts district. My team mostly listens to music & true crime podcasts, laughs, hammers and wire wraps the day away.
I opened a little shop next door to our studio in 2019 - it's stocked with jewelry and some of my favorite things from my fellow makers. It's not easy to find - call us a hidden gem - so please let us know if you want to stop in and shop!
Catch glimpses of our behind-the-scenes studio life on our Instagram account!
Meet the Freshie Team!
Carrie - Marketing & Customer Service
Lindsay - Production Assistant
Alena - Production Assistant