Lisa Scala - Jewelry Designer & Metalsmith
WHO IS LISA SCALA?
Lisa Scala is an intuitive jeweler and metalsmith whose pieces are designed to honor our whole being as well as our ancestors. Her skillfully handcrafted jewelry emphasizes harmony and balance through gemstones, metalwork and crystals. Infused with spiritual meaning and a connection to nature, each piece becomes your own, instilling you with healing power and positive energy.
Designed with Soulful Intention! That’s my motto, and it’s what creating jewelry has always meant to me.
I have been designing and metalsmithing for over 30 years, taking pride in incorporating healing and spirituality into all my work. My designs are inspired by the subtle beauty all around us as well as our strength within. I believe that every woman is a goddess and should be treated as such. On a personal level, I am influenced and motivated by chakras, the seasons and the phases of the moon.
My journey began when I was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child. I found solace in art, which, amid my challenges, made sense to me. Colors and designs filled my mind, dancing off the paper and out of the gemstones. When I came to realize that not everyone can see the world as I do, I saw that dyslexia was actually my creative superpower!
I dove into all things art—sculpture, painting, jewelry, metalsmithing, design—and earned a degree in jewelry and metalsmithing at Maine College of Art. My confidence grew, and the possibilities unfolded.
Today I am a successful businesswoman with my own gallery in Georgetown, Massachusetts. I’ve received awards from arts organizations and had my jewelry featured at high-end galleries across the US. I also run an apprenticeship program for aspiring jewelers. I own my dyslexia and make it work for me.
MY DESIGN PROCESS
Making jewelry is an expression of my whole self. My designs come subconsciously, as in a dream. I can often see the finished product before I’ve even started. Other times, I find a compelling gemstone and design around it.
I use an old-school approach, drawing my designs with pencil and paper, noting the metals, gemstones, sizing and possible design variations. Some of my ideas expand into themed collections, while others become one-of-a-kind pieces.
Nature and spirituality inform everything I do. The shape of a leaf, the cut of a stone or a particular gemstone’s healing power spark my imagination and drive my creative process.
When meeting with customers, I enjoy learning about each person’s spiritual path and what they might find helpful. I’m able to guide them in selecting jewelry that reflects their individual style, inspiration and inherent strengths. Seeing a customer connect with one of my pieces is such a great feeling.