A Jeweler Recasts Herself

J.Hengen Design Gallery - Store Sign

[Dirt Magazine – Reprint]

Step inside Jessica Hengen’s store and workshop in Sugar Loaf, N.Y., and you might find her at her workbench, jeweler’s visor on, filing a ring carved from wax—a commission for a customer. The finished version will be cast in green gold, and set with natural, uncut sapphires.

Or you might find her brushing a white clay slip on a head modeled out of red stoneware, her dog (and sometimes model) Qweet lying nearby. Your eyes rove from the striking clay figurative pieces peering out from every nook, to the jewelry case packed with her unique designs.

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My Sister’s Closet Celebrates 40 Years in Sugar Loaf

Owner Beth Duke on her wedding day in 1978, standing in front of the original location of MY SISTERS CLOSET

When she opened My Sister’s Closet in Sugar Loaf in 1973, 22-year-old Beth DuCharme thought of it as more of a “labor of love” than a career—a fun way to earn some income while pursuing a master’s degree in clinical psychology from SUNY New Paltz. She named the boutique for her lifelong habit of borrowing clothes from her two sisters, and she filled it with her own handmade items and the creations of local seamstresses and quilters.

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