About Scylla and Stone

 

 

Scylla and Stone, formerly Murdoch's Method, is a one-woman owned and operated jewelry and crafts business located on the outskirts of Seattle, Washington. 

Before the Pandemic of 2020, I was a science educator; making jewelry was my hobby. However, during the pandemic, I made the decision to make my hobby my full-time job! I am neurodivergent, so hands-on work is key.

The name "Scylla and Stone" stems from my love of ancient Greek and Roman mythology. "The Odyssey" was my favorite tale growing up (thanks "Wishbone"!), and it inspired in me an interest in storytelling, history, and archaeology. Scylla, according to the Ancient Greek myth, was a beautiful nymph who was turned into a six-dog headed sea monster. She became a powerful force to be reckoned with -- So much so that Odysseus chooses to forgo encountering her, and chooses to face the deadly whirlpool Charybdis instead. Like Scylla, I also went through a huge transformation during Quarantine, and I also have many dogs (and pets in general). The Puget Sound is quite literally in my backyard -- Hopefully no sea monsters, though -- so I figured that the awesome and powerful Scylla was a good namesake for my woman-run business.

But why do I focus on rocks, gems, and minerals? Ever since I was little, I have always had a rock collection. I’m the kid (and, to be honest, also the adult) who combs the beach for neat things. Though my academic background is in neurology and psychology, I am incredibly interested in natural history and mythology. Stones, shells, and fossils to me represent natural science at its finest, and I love learning their histories (both in terms of their geology and in an anthropological sense). In other words, I love researching a stone’s story. The way I see it, working with stones is an ancient pastime; We are all but artists painting with nature’s palette and telling stories inspired directly by nature.

A photo of the artist.