In ancient Greece a pentathlos was an athlete who competed in the five-event pentathlon. It was also a nickname given to the librarian, Eratosthenes of Cyrene, who, while not an athlete, was good at many things. After sharing a book about Eratosthenes with a group of elementary school children one day, I went home and immediately snatched up the domain. I could strongly identify with the nickname as I, too, am a librarian and am good at many things.

When my interest in making jewelry began I thought wire-wrapping was a good place to start, although aesthetically it wasn't my thing. Many of the wire-wrapped pendants I had seen made the stones look like they were being held in bondage, flamboyantly strangled with excessive amounts of wire, or looked like someone was just scribbling. As I began working out several techniques to wrap stones I figured out how to create a simple bezel using only enough wire to frame and secure the stone, with maybe a decorative swirl or two to finish it off. All of a sudden I loved the look of a wire-wrapped stone! (And it's way more challenging than it looks.) For practice I made my own cabochons out of polymer clay and used brass wire. It took me a while but I nailed it. When I became good at it I made one "for real" with sterling silver wire and a gorgeous, hot-pink, cobalto calcite cabochon; I added a bail, went out for a beer, and made what you now see as the logo photo on this website.

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