Beth has been perfecting her lapidary skills (the cutting and polishing of gemstones) since the early 70's, and began making jewelry to utilize the stones she both cuts and collects. She took a stone carving class from David in the late 70's and from their common interest in rocks ultimately grew first a friendship and then marriage. She exhibits Jewelry and stones in shows, shops, and galleries in the Memphis area and on Etsy at Another Day Rocks. Beth periodically teaches Jewelry Making and Wire Wrapping classes at Mississippi community colleges for Ole Miss and demonstrates her Lapidary skills at events like The Earth Wide Open and the Pink Palace Crafts Fair . Beth retired from FedEx after working for more than thirty years as a Dangerous Goods Specialist.
David A. Day
I have been sculpting especially carving wood and then stone since childhood. I attended Memphis State University where I received a bachelor's degree in Fine Art and was commissioned into the USAF. Afterward I served as a Missile Maintenance Officer (the cold war museum in the link was one of my sites and I have been told my name is still on the wall as the maintenance officer) in Tuscon, AZ, then moved to Baton Rouge and completed a Masters of Fine Arts degree in sculpture at Louisiana State University (making me a double Tiger). Since returning to Memphis in 1974, I have been sculpting primarily in stone or wood and later developing cast pieces in handmade paper. In addition to teaching some University Classes, I also taught adult classes in wood and stone carving in the late seventies and eighties like the one at UM where Beth and I first met. Besides numerous awards, shows, and gallery exhibitions my work is in collections or installed at the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Washington and their school in Memphis, the West Tennessee Regional Art Center, the Governors Residence in Nashville, The Crystal Shrine Grotto at Memorial Park Cemetery, Bartlett United Methodist Church,and the Bartlett Historical Society. People often tell me about encountering my work in Corporate and Private collections all over the country and around the world.
I also volunteer as vice president of Happy Days Tree Farm, a heirloom family property devoted to conservation, wildlife, and renewable forest resources.
Unfortunately, here I was actually standing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast contemplating huricane damage instead of in an imagined amathyst cave called Neverland.
Together Beth and I collect rocks and fossils, particapte and collect with MAGS the Memphis Archaeological and Geological Society where I have been director of field trips and occasionally write for their newsletter while Beth orchestrates the demonstration area of their annual show the Earth Wide Open. I have also been a MACA (The Memphis Association of Craft Artist) and TACA member for over thrity-five years and have been exhibiting in their shows with Beth since we maried. We also share the joy of five children and fifteen grandchildren and live in a magestic forest in Bartlett, TN near the old town center.