During her last semester as a genetics and microbiology student in college, Patty Lindbloom took a metals class, and it changed all of her plans.

During her last semester as a genetics and microbiology student in college, Patty Lindbloom took a metals class, and it changed all of her plans.

She hadn't grown up around art, or thought much about how people make a living making it. But soon after she had a taste of art-making, she shed her budding career in the pharmaceutical industry to pursue her newfound passion.

In 2005, she decided to see if she could make it work making the jewelry she loved for a living, and so far, it has. After showing in local galleries and selling on Etsy, she started selling work at a handful of festivals last year, and chose to ramp it up significantly this year, traveling to 15 festivals this season.

"I have a new line of work, so I thought I'd put it out there and see how people respond," she said. "I use porcelain to paint my own stones, and I set them just like you would set a gemstone - it's the combination of clay and metal which I think most people haven't seen before."