“The name of my business came from my gentle giant of a horse... a draft-cross (Paint, Thoroughbred and Clydesdale) that I got as a 2 year old. He was BIG and big-hearted and my nickname for him was Thunderheart. That was many years ago, but I still think of him as I create heart-felt jewelry in my Prescott Valley studio.”
THE THUNDERHEART JEWELRY STORY
Drawing from her love of the desert southwest, Marty individually handcrafts each jewelry item from sterling silver creating unique wearable art. Nature, animals and the stones themselves inspire her collection of pendants, earrings and bracelets. Each piece tells a story and reflects upon who we are and what we wish to express through our adornments.
Marty’s jewelry expertise comes from many years of training that began at Idyllwild School of Music & Arts. Under the tutelage of Hopi artist, Michael Kabotie, she enrolled in a 2 week intensive and studied the Hopi Overlay fabrication method. Since those early days she has continued exploration of style, technique, and all facets of jewelry making and has also attended many other classes and workshops.
“My graphic design background definitely has influenced my jewelry design direction and my fascination with patterns and positive and negative space expresses itself in my creations. Hand crafting one-of-a-kind jewelry for me comes from my need to express my creativity in a tangible way reminiscent of craftsman from another time. My designs are inspired by my love for animals of all kinds and the patterns and textures in nature that I find on my hikes and travels exploring the beautiful southwest.”
Marty grew up drawing and dreaming of horses. She holds a BS in Graphic Design from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA. She is the owner of Marty Orosz Design, a graphic design business. When not in her studio, Marty enjoys the outdoors by hiking, biking and training for agility trials with her Aussie rescue dog.