Laura Heiden was working as a marketing manager when she stumbled upon jewelry as a creative outlet, reports Postbulletin.com.

Last year, the 33-year-old’s infatuation with jewelry lead her to Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, where she enrolled in two, intensive two-month programs in goldsmithing and stone setting.

While in San Francisco, Heiden realized that she wanted to open her own studio, but her work requires the use of a torch. She knew she couldn’t work on her jewelry in her St. Paul condominium, so she started looking elsewhere.

Luck struck when her brother, Tony Heiden, a Pioneer seed dealer in Rushford, offered to let her use part of his building.

She took him up on his offer and opened Fence Studio in December.

Photo from Fence Studio

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