G Snyder Shochet was born and raised in coal country in Northeastern Pennsylvania and was the first person in her family to attend college. After a childhood spent helping her father restore antique cars, repair mechanical cash registers, and rehab old houses, G never lost her love of working with her hands. G’s two carpenter great-grandfathers’ hand tools and her contractor grandfather’s drafting tools still have pride of place in her workshop.
G lives with her spouse of twenty-five years in an 1865 stone farmhouse that is a perpetual work in progress. Over many years she has filled it with modest examples of vernacular American furniture; some rescued and repaired, some designed and built by G. During an apprenticeship with a Baltimore jeweler, G learned to cast recycled silver into ingots to make sheet and wire, and to cut and set semi precious stones. Not wanting to put handmade pendants on commercially made chains, G learned to make traditional chains from fine silver wire.
G has recently renewed her lifelong love of photography with an emphasis on highlighting the work of women and non-gender-conforming furniture makers. She volunteers her time at both A Workshop of Our Own and the Gemcutters Guild of Baltimore.
- Baltimore, MD
- Wood, stone, metal, photography
- Professional Status
- Maker, freelance photographer