WHERE DID THE COMPANY NAME COME FROM?
OIGI, pronounced oh-gee, is the acronym for Oh-I-Get-It! Well, it was at that first silversmith class, you know, that moment when you put your hand to your forehead and say “Oh, I Get It”! Sometimes that moment is life changing, a realization, an epiphany, when you feel you’ve found what you want to do, what you're meant to do. Some only have to put hand to forehead, others needed a gentle tap and others; well, you get it. Sometimes it takes a big push to change directions, and it's worth it! Amie Preston, owner and artisan at Oigi Design had that forehead slapping moment and the evidence of doing what she loves is displayed on these web pages and jewelry worn around the world.
WHO ARE WE? WELL...
Oigi Design is the brainchild of skilled artisan, Amie Preston, doing what she loves; designing and producing handmade and handcrafted wearable art to inspire and delight. Amie's not alone in this process, she has a huge support team of friends and family. It really does take a village to sustain a small business of custom jewelry and small group and private silversmith classes.
Amie - I love to create art that tells a story. When wearing jewelry, I like it to be unique and have symbolism. An example of that is the wedding ring I wear; silver with a highlighted brass nugget, I call it my “brass ring”. When I married my husband, Patrick Hald, I really caught the brass ring. When creating jewelry for others I try to incorporate symbolisms, hoping that each piece will delight and inspire.
When I discovered my fascination of working with metal I had just start my twentieth year of work as an executive for a fast-paced fitness corporation. On a whim, I signed up to take a silversmith class. In that first class I had an OIGI moment, it was life changing. I had found what I wanted to do the rest of my life. After several years of instruction and planning I left the corporate world and now I am able to live my silversmith dream. Part of the Oigi Design business is teaching silversmith classes. I love to share the experience of working with fire and metal! When a student take a class I hope they walk away with more that just knowledge, I hope they walk away with an OIGI experience.
My incredible husband and best production worker, Patrick Hald and I live and work in a small cabin in a beautiful Utah canyon right next to a river. We have three wonderful children, Brandi, Cody and Hayden, beautiful daughter in-laws Heather and Sharla, a wonderful son-in-law Matt and six amazing grandchildren Aurora, Cylas, Hallie, Harlen, Elliot and Lucas. As for co-workers, I can’t live without them, my wonderful husband and two crazy dogs, Stella and Otis.
Our wish for you is that you find your own Oigi moments throughout life. If we can help with that with your interest of our products, creating a commissioned piece just for you or if you would like to take a class please contact us.