Art therapy turned business: Local artisan makes clay earrings to cope with anxiety
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Ana Ramirez is a local artisan that hand makes clay earrings, but it wasn’t just her passion for jewelry that led her to start her business, Loba.
Ana was abused as a child and has lived with anxiety and depression ever since she was 15 years old. When words seemed to fail, she turned her passion for art into therapy.
“I needed something that was going to help me when I was at that point of anxiety, to calm down and therapy wasn’t it,” said Ramirez.
As a mother of two, she spends her nights crafting jewelry in her basement, creating new patterns and designs inspired by Mayan influence.
She started selling earrings in September and hopes to one day open a studio and teach classes for others to learn how to make their own products out of clay.
Her earrings are lightweight, nickel free and hypoallergenic, and are sold in stores as far as Hawaii and California. Locally, you can buy Loba earrings at Threads Boutique in Kennewick, Little Loba earrings for kids at Polliwogs Children’s Boutique in Richland or purchase them online at LobaByAnaRamirez.com.
Follow her on instagram for the latest designs and deals @LobaPlusCo.