Hi! My name is Taneisa Thompson, and I'm the founder and creative force behind The Opaque. I am a wife to my amazing husband, Wade, and a proud mama of two beautiful cats, Sassafras and Halle.
Speaking of my husband, he also makes jewelry and you'll see his work pop up in my shop from time to time!
I'm located in the Appalachian foothills (the same ones that have cradled me since birth) of Southern Ohio. For as long as I can remember I've been making trinkets and jewelry to share with the people around me.
When I was little I had a fascination with collecting rocks, as did my younger brother, the oldest of my siblings. We used to walk the train tracks near our home and collect as many as we could. I would sit for hours in driveways and creek beds sifting through pebbles and gravel, carrying whatever I could fit in my pockets back home with me.
When I founded The Opaque, mid spring of 2014, I had only planned on making jewelry. Then came the rekindling of my love for crystals and stones. Along with learning about minerals generally, I started reading more and more of their metaphysical properties and that is where my true journey began. Through this processes my life began to change. I started to focus on bettering myself. I thought since this knowledge of the metaphysical world made such a change in me that it would be a beautiful thing to share this knowledge with others.
I draw inspiration from myself, my family and the natural world around me. I often find myself picking up a twig or flowers to press to craft with in the future. In fact, a lot of the supplies including flowers, moss and some of the butterfly wings I use in my craft are foraged during my time spent outdoors and some are purchased from reputable ethical sources. I would never harm a living being for the sake of art.
I spend a lot of my time outside admiring the beauty around me. It's nice to be able to recharge as the day comes to an end.
As a jeweler, I am completely self taught. In-fact, I'm self taught in all aspects of my business. From photography, to creating and everything in between. As frustrating as it can be at times, I have truly loved every step of the way and have learned so much!
I use two methods to create my jewelry. One being the Tiffany Technique and the other being Elcetroforming.
This platform is great for me personally due to my social anxiety. It's something I have struggled with for as long as I can remember. In person I have trouble connecting with people, but being online has helped me come out of my shell and forced me to make changes in myself. I joined a loving and incredibly supportive community here that encouraged me and gave me the confidence to share my work and love for crystals with others. I feel grateful that my products have been so well received, and I hope to continue spreading joy.
I take a lot of pride in my work. Everyday that I wake up and I'm able to do what I'm so passionate about, I feel blessed. I truly love my job.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story!
Love & Light