Makers ~ Richard Bradley ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Richard Bradley
Shop name: My Pink Planet
Instagram: My_Pink_Planet

1. Tell us about your work
I do handmade wearable art, mostly jewelry using many of the old and nearly lost industrial techniques. My pieces are diverse and for the most part, one of a kind.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I’ve always had a fascination, as far back as I remember, with jewelry and all things sparkly. In my teenage years I started collecting vintage costume jewelry and my natural inclination was to explore how and where such beautiful objects were made. From working in design houses that opened in the 1930’s and 40’s I learned many of the old and lost techniques from some of the industries “old timers”. Today I’m a 10+ year veteran jewelry designer who enjoys inspiring others as well as exploring my own creative venues.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I draw inspiration from many historical references, I love that the Vogue Archives is now online, old Hollywood movies of course, and I spend a lot of time in art museums and galleries. I love that Rhode Island has Gallery Night Providence, they give free tours of the city's art galleries, this really keeps me in sync with the creative pulse of today’s world.

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
I really enjoy my smaller, more tailored pieces. They are quick and fun to make, so spontaneous, I can create several pieces in a day and each one will be a different design.

5. What’s your best seller?
I can’t seem to get past my reputation for my rhinestone work, in my younger days, people used to call me “Richard Rhinestone”. My customers always ask for more crystal animals, masks and tiaras and the bigger the better.

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
My family moved to RI when I was in high school and after graduating from RISD I just never left.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
The diversity of the community, so many arts oriented people and businesses, theaters, galleries and restaurants. The affordability of living here is nice, although that seems to be changing. I like that I can live in a city with a large academic population, and yet in minutes I’m in the country or by the ocean.

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
I’d love it if you and your followers would like My Pink Planet on FaceBook and check out my blog when you have a chance I don’t post to it often, but it’s a great outlet for sharing my creative proscess. Oh, and don’t forget to visit my etsy shop too!


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