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Lee Skalkos
Totally Out of Hand

About the Artist

Lee Skalkos is a self taught silversmith, who majored in Illustration in college. After making jewelry full time for a number of years, Lee took a break from silver to have her two children. When Lee's husband's step father passed away, her five year old daughter drew a picture of him and her grandmother holding a balloon, to cheer her grandmother up. This was a very special drawing that needed to be preserved. It was then that the whole idea of Child Artwork Jewelry™ was born. The original pin is below:

Lee personally makes each pin by hand, from start to finish, one at a time, and takes a great deal of pride in her work. She works with each customer individually, on a personal level, which ensures that each customer not only receives the very best in customer service, but also a family heirloom that will be passed from one generation to the next - A family treasure preserved forever in solid sterling silver, or gold.

Although Child Artwork Pins TM are just some of the jewelry that Lee creates, she feels this to be the most satisfying. "I receive a lot of satisfaction from making these pieces for other Moms, I know how important each artwork is to each Mom. It's hard work being a Mom! It is nice to be able to wear something that your child created especially for you."

"The best part of this job definitely is when the customer contacts me to tell me how much they love their pin, that just makes my day!"

Lee's work has been on The White House Gift List, and she has made a pin for The First Lady, Laura Bush. Lee also makes pins for many terminally ill children in hospitals around the country.