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Sarah Plese designs in Delano

February 11, 2008

By Jen Bakken
Staff Writer

Sometimes it’s nice to stand out in a crowd.

Showing off your individual style can make you feel wonderful and proud. Sometimes, we have in mind just what we want before we go shopping, but are unable to find it in the stores.

If you have ever dreamt of a truly unique piece of jewelry, but were unsure where to go with your idea – you can realize your dream here in Delano.

Sarah Plese has a design studio where she repairs jewelry, makes custom pieces, and can help you create that original piece you have always dreamed of.

For as long as she can remember, Plese has had an interest in art.

When she was 12 years old, her aunt introduced her to beading, and she spent hours immersed in projects.

“Growing up,” remembered Plese, “I loved any type of art I could get my hands into.”

While attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College, she was enrolled in a ceramics class. Her instructor saw how much time Plese would put into intricate carvings on the pots, and the patience she had, then suggested she try jewelry manufacturing and repair.

For two years, Plese worked for a jeweler artist and knew someday, she wanted to have her own design studio.

Having moved to Delano two years ago, Plese and her husband, Marc, have a 3-year-old son named Logan, and a three-week-old son, Owen. Marc works for a marketing firm in Plymouth and is on the Delano City Council.

Sarah has taught art at Delano Discovery Zone, a summer youth program for students in first through sixth grade. She is a member of the Delano Artist Guild, which meets once a month.

She also works part time at Three Crows and enjoys that as her “time out.”

Plese made jewelry for family and friends before starting her business. She said she rarely purchases pieces in the stores. Even her husband’s wedding ring is a Plese original.

With a design studio attached to the garage of her home, it is easy for Plese to meet with customers. Creating an original piece of jewelry begins with an appointment to talk about the ideas a customer has. A week later, Plese presents hand- drawn designs. The entire process takes about four to six weeks, and then, the customer has their beautiful piece of jewelry.

“If you have an idea,” said Plese, “I can help you make it happen.”

If the piece is hand-manufactured, it is formed out of metals, hand pounded, and sautered.

If it is a casted piece, a wax version is made first, then the wax is melted out of a plaster mold before the molten metal is poured.

The entire process is relaxing to Plese and she enjoys it. She also enjoys many other types of art including watercolors, crafts, and drawing.

Plese also does jewelry repair including the changing of earring backs, re-sizing rings, and straightening prongs on rings.

“I don’t believe there’s another jeweler in town,” said Plese, “so, it’s nice to have somewhere local to have your jewelry repaired, get a one-of-a-kind piece, or get something for your sweetheart.”

For more information regarding Sarah Plese Designs, call (763) 972-6179 or e-mail sarahplesedesigns@yahoo.com.

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