Hello! My name is Veronica and I’m the co-creator at Dale+Aran. I live in the US in Tennessee with my husband (the other half of Dale+Aran) and our 2-year-old daughter.
I started my ETSY page 7 years ago when I wanted a bib necklace to wear to a wedding but couldn’t find one, so I made one! A store owner saw me wearing it while I was out shopping one day and asked me to make some to sell. I started my shop then and I sold a few but life happened and my shop sat empty for years.
I changed the name of our shop a year or so ago when I first started working with clay. Dale is my Dad’s middle name, mine and my daughter’s. Aran is part of my daughter’s first name plus it is my very favorite place in the world….the Aran Islands in Ireland.
Dale means valley and one meaning of Aran is mountain. So besides literally being our names, the meanings of the words encompass all of us and the things we go through. We will all have to go through valleys and we will all get to climb mountains.
Within the past year, I decided to try working with clay and my husband decided he was going to start woodworking. Just recently we joined our efforts. It started when I took up Zentangle during quarantine. I drew one on a woodblock Brandon made and within a few weeks we were also making earrings.
Brandon is very good at thinking of new ways to put wood together to make unusual patterns and at cutting fun shapes. So he makes wood components and I do the rest. I make clay, put the jewelry together, and manage our social media and Etsy shop. The mix of unexpected textures that we use to make our jewelry is what makes me so eager to keep making.