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Cindy Mulhollen grew up in a very small town in western Pennsylvania with an excellent art program and teachers that recognized her talents and nurtured them. " I can't remember a time in my childhood when I wasn't working on some type of artist project. From paintings and drawings to embroidery, crocheting, needlepoint, sewing or knitting, I was always busy creating."
In high school, Cindy had her first formal training in jewelry making, albeit at a very rudimentary level. She did manage to create an interesting ring in silver and a brooch out of nails that became quite the conversation piece at school. In college, she discovered her passion for creating sculpture. Jewelry making satisfied this passion for three-dimensional structures, with a scale that was more manageable. Her professor recognized this passion, as well, bestowing an A++ for a final grade.
Graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a major in art education, she "stumbled" into the printing field and worked there for the next 8 years as a paste-up artist and production manager for a small printing firm. The printing field with its precision and deadlines was instrumental in training Cindy to listen carefully to client's directives. This skill proved very helpful in the future, when she would be working with clients on custom jewelry projects. It also made her quite sensitive to a client's deadline. However she was frustrated with the lack of creativity in the printing field, so she decided to pursue another craft field where she suspected she could do creative things with her hands and build a career - a jewelry repair person. Cindy enrolled in Bowman's Technical School in Lancaster, PA in 1979 and graduated in 1980 with a diploma in jewelry repair and stone setting. For the next four years, she worked for a variety of retail jewelry stores, wholesale manufacturing and repair shops as a bench jeweler.
In 1984, she opened her own retail jewelry store and repair business, called Mulhollen-Smith Designs in Lancaster, PA. The business specialized in repairing the impossible and creating custom designs. At last, Cindy's artistic vision began to emerge. However, managing a retail store with employees, demanded a commitment that left little time to be creative.
In 1992, Cindy closed her business in Pennsylvania, and moved to California to start her jewelry design business. During the first few years in California, Cindy was developing her design studio and exploring a variety of directions for marketing her newly created work. Since 1995, she has been focusing on creating one-of-a-kind jewelry designs that she markets at upscale craft shows across the country.
Technically speaking, Cindy's work combines the practiced bench jeweler's touch with an artistic flair. Sculptural shapes, various textures, and colors found in the different metals and gemstones that Cindy likes to use, all combine to create jewelry pieces that are unique. Most designs begin as a two-dimensional drawing, where the basic lines and shapes are developed into a pleasing artist concept. Then, with study, the design will take a three dimensional form in Cindy's mind, before she begins to cut metal sheet, bend wire, or carve a wax. While she is constructing the piece of jewelry, she is constantly looking at it from all directions (as a sculptor would ) and making changes where necessary so that the final piece of jewelry looks well thought out from any direction. It is not unusual for a jewelry piece to take over 20 hours to complete, with all the time Cindy spends studying the design evolution as well as actually constructing the piece. She is especially careful setting stones and doing the final polishing.
Cindy's goal is to create an interesting piece of jewelry that exhibits a balanced sense of design in its composition. A design that will stand the test of time and yet be unique. In addition, the jewelry must be comfortable to wear, have an appropriate scale and weight, as well as exceptional craftsmanship. There is no limit to the design possibilities and challenges, so for now, Cindy will continue to focus on creating new one-of-a-kind art jewelry pieces.

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