Julie Buelteman is a skilled craftswoman who imbues her adornments with a light all their own. As the founder and designer of Julie B. & Company, she spends countless hours seeking out special materials from which she creates her inspired works.
Born in Torrance, California, her affinity for all things aesthetic began at an early age. The high-energy beach scene of southern California in the 1960’s and 70’s held a strong allure for this spirited young woman, and contributed to a lifelong love affair with coastal living.
Beginning as a student of a textile design at California State University Long Beach, she has been a weaver, sculptor, painter, mixed-media artist and now a talented artisan making unique pieces of jewelry. College life gave her the freedom to explore new interests and begin developing her personal sense of style.
In 1983 Julie married her true love, fine art photographer Robert Buelteman and moved to the small coastal town of Montara, twenty miles south of the city of San Francisco. There they had two sons, reveled in their family life, and eventually returned to their respective art forms. Through a patchwork of jewelry courses and a great deal of trial-and-error, the development of her craft has been the sole focus of her creative energy for the last 20 years.
When visiting her husband over several years when he was artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Institute, her trips to New Mexico broadened her view of what’s possible for her medium. She found the dry air, high-altitude lifestyle and deep history of European and Native American cultures instructive and enriching. Far from her beloved Pacific Ocean, she found a new friend in the expansive New Mexico sky.
Julie is a woman who finds joy in the happiness of others, and through making her jewelry, creates fulfillment for herself.