BUFFALO (WKBW) – Have you ever wanted to create your own piece of jewelry? ‘His + His Studio’, in the heart of Buffalo’s Five Points neighborhood, is the perfect place to start.
The new interactive design studio is located at 44 Brayton Street and offers jewelry workshops of all levels, for everyone.
“Our mission here is to provide a safe space for all, where we can come together as a community and make jewelry,” “His + His” co-owner Vince Pontillo-Verrastro told the 7 News presenter, Jeff Russo. “We offer workshops in ring making, earring design, wax sculpting and wax casting. If someone just wants to hammer a ring, this is the place to do it. “
Vince opened ‘His + His Studio’ with husband Aric Verrastro in March. The couple met in a jewelry course at SUNY Buffalo State College and have been married for 10 years. Both have earned Masters of Fine Arts in Metallurgy and Jewelry Design, and are passionate about passing on their years of experience and teaching their craft.
“We are a couple of jewelers and we love sharing what we do with the public,” Vince said. “Our tagline here is queer-inclusive design. We’re inclusive first, and that means inclusive for everyone.”
Workshop prices range from $100 to $250. Ring workshops last approximately two hours. “I want everyone who walks into this space to feel excited about the opportunity to make a piece by hand, and be as active or not, as they want to be.
The studio also offers a range of handmade jewelry designed by Vince and Aric at affordable and accessible prices.
“This platform gives me the space to democratize contemporary jewelry and lead by example,” Vince said. “That you don’t have to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth to become a goldsmith. This is close to my heart.
Author’s Note: Vince patiently walked me through every step of making a silver ring, from sizing to shaping and soldering. It was easy and very fun. Thank you Vince – JR