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Seeing the world through the eyes of a designer at North Tahoe Arts

Renee Deinken
Special to the Sun

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Former Truckee Mayor Craig Threshie Creates Unique Jewelry in his Truckee Studio

By Renee Deinken

Special to the Sun

Truckee-resident Craig Threshie has a lot of titles attached to his name and#8212; architect, artist, former Truckee Mayor, to name a few and#8212; but chief among them is and#8220;designer.and#8221; Threshie sees the world, in his travels and day-to-day life, as inspiration for the jewelry he creates for his business, Jewels of the Reef.

Threshie will be on-hand to discuss his handcrafted jewelry on Saturday, Dec. 26, 11-4 p.m., at North Tahoe Arts, located at 380 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City. We sat down with Threshie and asked him some questions about Jewels of the Reef.

Describe your creative process.

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I see great beauty in the world we live in, and I create artworks in jewelry that celebrate that beauty. Iand#8217;ve developed the skills as a designer and craftsman over the past 40 years to have the confidence and ability to create whatever interpretation of beauty my mindand#8217;s eye sees.

How long have you been creating jewelry?

I started cutting gemstones when I was about 10 or 11. Precious opal has always been my favorite gem to work with, and I still have that passion.

What is unique about your jewelry?

The quality and richness of my compositions are what set my work apart from others, as well as the respect I have for our natural environment. I have been a designer all of my life. I have never stopped seeing the world through the eyes of a designer.

Does your work as an architect inform your work as an artist?

Oh yes. Itand#8217;s really fascinating, but designing a piece of jewelry is not very different for me from designing a beautiful building environment. The skills overlap much more than one would think.

Most people know you as the former mayor of Truckee. What do you do now for the community?

My work at town hall lives on and will for as long as there is a Truckee. I wanted to devote my skills to our town at a time when crucial formative decisions were being made that will define and#8220;Truckeeand#8221; forever. Since I left Town Hall in 2006, Iand#8217;ve had to devote all of my energies to my survival and my family. I have a severe health disability and Iand#8217;ve survived a number of severe hardships in my life with long lasting ramifications.

For more about Jewels of the Reef, visit jewelsofthereef.com.