Category Archives: Studio News and Notes

Creating with Bristlecone Pine Oolite: Petrified Rock in 2022

I had a really great 2022. Previously, I wrote a newsletter about saying YES to so many new opportunities this year, which led me to need to use the word NO a few times. If the pandemic has taught me (us) anything, it is the need for a little guilt-free self-care. Which means sometime I go really slow (who am I kidding, I ALWAYS go really slow) when making jewelry. Or dinner.


Bristlecone Pine Tree, image courtesy of Rad Drew Photography, copyright 2022

When I came upon a Bristlecone Pine Oolite a couple of years ago, I knew I had to have it. It was cut by a local lapidary guy who is no longer in business. Later, I received a photo of a Bristlecone pine tree image that my husband, Rad Drew, took a picture of in California. I put the two together, and knew I needed a special piece for the stone. See three progress photos, below, and below that, a video. See the necklace in my shop, HERE.



Bristlecone Pine Oolite Necklace, detail view. Nancy Lee Designs, 2022.





Bright, Shiny Holiday Open House

Visit the circle City Industrial Complex and me this Friday, December 3, from 6-9 PM for our festive First Friday Open House. I’ll have lots of new jewelry for you to see, including anew line of 14 karat yellow gold and white gold jewelry, and a new line of “you choose it” enameled copper pendants with your choice of leather cords in 28″ and 30″ lengths. 


WHAT YOU CAN DO: Enter building via G5, Indy Fused Glass, to start your tour to visit me. Proceed to Nancy Lee Designs next door, then visit dozens of artists open studios, the Schweitzer Gallery upstairs, Eight Day Distillery, the Meadery Tap Room, Sochatti Chocolatier, and Center Point Brewing all under our 800,000 square foot industrial warehouse. Alternatively, you can enter through the door closest to the blue US Postal Service mailbox and I’m on the main floor, the second door on the right.

Free parking, free event!

The Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC)

Art studios at CCIC exhibit a wide variety of art mediums: paintings, watercolor, pottery, string art, metal sculpture, metal jewelry, enamel, collage, assemblage, fiber art, photography, and much more. Check out 8th Day Distillery at the north end of the building, Center Point Brewing at the south end, New Day Meadery and Sochatti Chocolate in the middle. Come on out and see for yourself why Indianapolis Monthly denoted Nancy Lee Designs as a “Must See” stop on your First Friday art tour, and visit and support all the talented CCIC artists!

CCIC offers free parking directly across the street from my entrance, which is the door immediately to the left of G5/Indy Fused Glass and the blue US mailbox. A newly installed list of suites is on the exterior wall to the right of the entrance door – look for Nancy Lee Designs along with many other art studios and businesses, which will be open this week for June First Friday. Each artist/studio keeps their own hours, so check with them to find out schedules. 

COVID Guidelines for First Friday in December, 2021: CCIC will remain in compliance with all state and local mandates relating to COVID-19. Currently, Marion County is designated as an orange advisory level. You can see the most recent advisory level here. Visitors (even fully vaccinated people) are encouraged to wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines while inside the building. Numbers of people in each studio may be limited to accomplish distancing between parties/pods. Different studios will have different requests. My space is so small that it can fill quickly and there’s little room to create distance between guests, so please wear a mask.

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