Monday, June 05, 2006

Treasures of Cambridge #14 Treasures of Cambridge #14

If you are a Cambridge, NY area residence, or have a strong connection with our community, contact me, John Carlson at to make an appointment to be photographed for "Treasures". The goal is to photograph as many people as possible. I have had amazing response so far and is this project is proving to be a valuable historical archive for our community. Remember: everyone is a Treasure of Cambridge. That means YOU! Please contact me soon.

Jean S. Coffman pictured in front of the vault in the former Bean Head’s Coffee House has lived in Cambridge, NY for twelve years.

She likes the small town feel of Cambridge, "it seems like when you make a friend here, you keep that friend". She moved to town in her senior year of high school and, "everyone I met since then and have made friends with are still my friends, we still hang out and I love it!"

Jean owns and operates Chasing Silver, her Studio and Gallery located at 1 East Main Street where she designs and hand crafts her own jewelry. She loves that a person comes to her shop, gives her instructions on what they want and then she makes a piece they will have and love their whole life.

Her props are, a favorite hammer she calls her "heavy hammer" because it gives the deepest indentations into the metal, a hammering block and a small piece of silver… the tools and the raw material of her creative profession.

From about age 16, life has been extremely exciting for Jean. "It is great to live in a place where you can watch yourself and your friends grow up, mature, and move into their own... it is great to see who is doing what now, and to still be connected with them." "I want to be remembered for being a person who is easy to talk to, and a good friend."

Judging by the beautiful work she displays in her shop, Jean is destined to be remembered for her fine jewelry as well! Jean can be contacted at Chasing Silver ,open Wed-Sat (10AM-5PM)- Sunday, by Chance or Appointment, 518-677-3415.


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