Little Drummer Crafts Fair vendor Alice Gear discusses how she came up with the unique name “Colchis Forge” for her wire art and jewelry company. 

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Alice Gear, Colchis Forge: Honestly, for me, it was just something that I really enjoyed — taking bits of old jewelry apart and just playing with the pieces and the nuts and bolts of it. And then, one day, somebody showed me an image of a piece of wire art, and I thought, “You know, I bet I could try that!”

It is Colchis Forge. The Kingdom of Colchis comes from Greek mythology, and it is where Jason the Argonaut sails to retrieve the Golden Fleece from the King of Colchis. It was once called the Kingdom of Colchis, now it’s called the Republic of Georgia. It’s on the coast of the Black Sea. And I have a connection with that because my great-grandfather came from the Republic of Georgia.