We had the good fortune of connecting with Pamela Porter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pamela, what do you want your legacy to be?
I’ve always loved the quote by Maya Angelou “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. I would like people to remember me for my kindness.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Jewelry designing/making is my first love, but for over 20 years, I was a contracts administrator in the oil and gas industry. I retired about 10 years ago and am so enjoying making jewelry full time. Every piece of jewelry is handmade with attention to detail and a lot of love. It gives me great joy to see someone get excited over a pair of earrings, a bracelet, my Louisiana charm necklace or my newest creation of a beaded face mask lanyard. My heart is full when others enjoy it as much as I do. I absolutely love what I do and the countless hours I spend in my “bead room” personalizing each and every piece. I’ve been making jewelry for over 30 years. I’m from south Louisiana and even though I live in Katy, Texas, I have always concentrated on making Louisiana themed jewelry. Each and every one of us has a story to tell and many times, we tell it best by being creative with jewelry. I believe that jewelry is a very personal thing and it should tell a story about the person wearing it. Jewelry has the power to be the one little thing that makes us feel unique. I don’t make jewelry to get famous or make a million dollars, but simply to share my love of beads with as many people as I can. With emphasis on Louisiana themed jewelry, just this past February, I have rented a booth in an arts and crafts store/coffee shop in my hometown of Lutcher, Louisiana called The Ferry Landing. Even with the challenges of Covid, I have done very well and am looking forward to a prosperous holiday season. Lastly, I think it’s important to keep up with what’s trending in jewelry. I guarantee all of the jewelry that I make and I also endeavor to keep my prices competitive.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Sunday Hang out at my home. Cook some Cajun food, drink a margarita or two and relax. Monday I would take my friend to Harwin Street in Houston. There are many places to buy beads and I love to explore the shops. Tuesday I have a bead room upstairs and my day is not complete if I don’t go up there and make something. Wednesday Have lunch at Brookwood Community and visit the gift shop and plant store. Brookwood Community is a non-profit residential facility in Brookshire, TX and vocational program for adults with disabilities. Thursday Doesn’t everybody like to shop ? I would take my visitor to LaCenterra, where there are some interesting shops and nice restaurants. Friday. Visit No Label Brewing Company in Katy, TX for a beer or two. Saturday More shopping ? A visit to Katy Mills Mall for shopping and a nice lunch.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have a couple of special people who deserve credit in supporting my jewelry “addiction”. My husband Ron has been by my side supporting and encouraging me all along the way. My daughter Alanna has also been one of my biggest supporters along this journey. She’s hosted jewelry parties and has helped with the setup and assisted me with craft shows. I’d also like to give a shout out to my family and friends for their ongoing support.
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