Layoff prompts Tulsan to pursue jewelry-making.
Lindsay Guest can be found selling her jewelry at First Street Flea, a Sunday flea market at 823 E. First St.
With a master’s degree in geology from the University of Oklahoma, Lindsay Guest moved to Tulsa five years ago for a job in the petroleum industry. When her company began laying off employees four years later, Guest knew it was just a matter of time before her own job would be cut.
“I’d been wanting to take jewelry-making classes, so I took the plunge and enrolled in courses at WaterWorks just west of downtown,” Guest recalls. “I basically retained my sanity through the layoff process and being unemployed by making jewelry. It has been a lifesaver.”
At WaterWorks, Guest learned to solder and was soon constructing rings, bracelets and pendants. A few months later, Swaying Grass Silver was born. Guest now makes jewelry full time out of a studio in her garage, selling her turquoise and silver creations online and in person at First Street Flea in downtown Tulsa.
Guest, who acquired her love of turquoise and silver as a child on family trips through the Southwest, recently began experimenting with brass and other stones. Inspiration for a piece can come from anywhere.
“I’ve been feeling inspired by everything — even traveling to beautiful places,” she says. “It makes me feel free and creative, as opposed to sitting in an office like I used to do.”
Guest is grateful for the turn her life has taken. “I’ve noticed that every time I set a challenge and open myself up to something new, something even bigger than I expected comes from it.”
To see more of Guest’s work, visit instagram.com/swayinggrasssilver.