Some people are born knowing their callings; others search tirelessly. Some, like Bixby native and Lady Daze Fine Jewelry proprietor Liz Anderson, stumble upon them in unexpected places.
In 2008 Anderson stepped out of college into the Great Recession and struggled to find a job. When she got an opportunity to teach English abroad, she headed to Thailand.
Anderson spent summers traveling southeast Asia, where she would exchange English classes for whatever artisan training she could get in return from local villagers. More than a creative pursuit, it was a practical solution to financial issues she encountered shortly after a Thai military coup in 2009, which resulted in her teacher’s salary being cut drastically.
“Tourists were still coming,” Anderson says. “So, a way to make money was to sell to tourists.”
After honing her grasp on the language, Anderson began training in crafts that ranged from leather making to metal smithing.
“To me, creating art was more of a reason to stay somewhere,” she says, then gradually, “I learned to silversmith and metalsmith and opened a few shops and fell in love with it.”
She started in 2009 in Thailand and expanded to showcases in various Asian artist markets. Anderson sold items on social media before opening a personal store, Lazy Daze, in 2018. She recently moved with her husband and children back to Tulsa due to the pandemic.
Anderson launched Lady Daze after eight years of metal smithing. She creates jewelry with designs and motifs inspired by the cultures in which she was ingrained. Ancient coins are a favorite source of inspiration. Anderson is concerned with ethical sourcing, so all her materials come from her former teachers and mentors in Thailand.