Julie Clawson


Artist Bio

Shieldmaiden Designs

I received my training at Creative Side Jewelry Academy in Austin, Texas and have had the opportunity to study under masters such as Ronda Coryell, Kate Wolf, Michael Boyd, Andy Cooperman, and Jim Dailing. I desire to continuously learn new skills so as to create more beauty and rich stories to give the world. When I am not out working on pieces in my garage studio, I spend my time trying to keep up with my partner’s and my 5 kids and 3 cats. And, when I get a chance, to enter into good stories told in book and film or role played in games. For as a timetraveling madman in a box once said, “we’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one.”

As an artist I am honored to craft pieces for your story and in a small way to contribute to you living your story beautifully.

The name of my shop, Shieldmaiden Designs, itself came from a story that has shaped me. When I launched my shop in 2015, I chose it based on my love of the character Eowyn, the Shieldmaiden of Rohan, from The Lord of the Rings. The need to create and design items of beauty was my way of breaking free from the Shieldmaiden’s fear of living in a cage and contributing nothing to the world. For, as Eowyn discovers in the books, combating the darkness of the world is not restricted to battlefield actions but can also be fought by healing and bringing beauty into the world. To that end, I use my hand (literally just one since I was born missing my lower left arm) to create. From fabricating and soldering jewelry, to carving designs in wax and casting them in metal, to shaping and polishing stones, I involve myself in every step of the jewelry making process.