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Vendor Spotlight on Local Jewelry Artist Carolyn Buckman

Posted on December 31st, 2018 by

A blog post by JMM Office Manager and Shop Assistant Jessica Konigsberg. For more posts from Jessica, click HERE.

Welcome to the latest installment of our Vendor Spotlight series: a piece highlighting local jewelry artist and longtime JMM supporter, Carolyn Buckman. You may recall reading a volunteer spotlight on Carolyn back in 2017 that described her contributions as an Esther’s Place Shop volunteer. This time, I’m pleased to feature Carolyn Buckman as a Shop vendor.

To assist me with this piece, Carolyn agreed to offer details on her creative process, her past and current projects, and her favorite JMM experience. And after reflecting on Carolyn’s answers, I was struck by the subtle connections between her jewelry-making practice and our upcoming exhibit, Fashion Statement, on view April 7 to September 15, 2019. Fashion Statement will explore the ways fashion and clothing amplify our identities, affiliations, and personal messages. And no Esther’s Place wearable better exemplifies this idea than Carolyn’s jewelry, which radiates personal expression and meaning.

Carolyn creates a range of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings for Esther’s Place, the JMM Gift Shop. Each piece is bright, bold, and one-of-a-kind, suggesting a wearer who is confident, unique, and full of personality.

In describing her process for gathering materials, Carolyn confirmed my suspicion about the importance of uniqueness in her work. Carolyn explained she is constantly browsing the local suppliers for stones, beads, and other items that make up her jewelry, as well as searching online for materials outside the area. She shared, “My goal is to design and create jewelry that isn’t available at chain stores.”

In fact, Carolyn’s jewelry-making practice also plays a valuable community service role in Baltimore. Carolyn shared, “Currently, in addition to crafting necklaces, earrings, and bracelets for the Jewish Museum, I have been creating jewelry that I donate to oncology patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital.” Carolyn has also done similar work for Sinai Hospital and Northwest Hospital in the past and hopes to resume working for these communities soon. These service projects stimulated Carolyn’s interest in the jewelry craft 10 years ago.

Carolyn’s brand and her products also speak to and honor her passion for the local Jewish community and the JMM. Her favorite JMM experience has been volunteering in the Gift Shop, especially putting out stock, setting up displays, and utilizing props to showcase merchandise. As a designer/vendor, Carolyn enjoys learning more about the techniques used in producing craft items through her work in the Gift Shop. “Most of all,” she said, “I like meeting the visitors and helping them to select from the excellent merchandise that is available for sale.”

Carolyn’s products sell quickly at Esther’s Place, and she is continually working to replenish our supply of unique, beautiful wearables. If you’re looking for bright new year’s colors that make a bold, community-focused statement, Carolyn Buckman and Esther’s Place have you covered! And don’t forget we have a wide range of jewelry pieces beyond Carolyn’s collection that are perfect for showing the world who you are.

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Volunteer Spotlight on Carol Buckman!

Posted on January 2nd, 2017 by

Carol Buckman has been a shop volunteer at the Jewish Museum of Maryland for about two years. Her husband, Marty Buckman, who she has been married to for 29 years, is also a volunteer at the JMM (read up on him here). Prior to volunteering with us, Carol worked for 25 years as a Doctor’s assistant and then in the jewelry department at Sacks.  I was amazed to learn that she has held 29 different jobs in Baltimore.

Carolyn Buckman

Carolyn Buckman

Carol decided to volunteer at the JMM because she wanted to reconnect with her heritage as well as help others do the same. She fondly describes growing up when Lombard Street was bustling with activity and remembers when chickens were in crates on the sidewalk. When in the shop, she likes rearranging the merchandise and helping customers pick out a gift.  She enjoys explaining Jewish rituals and holidays to our guests and showing off our newest merchandise, such as our Chanukah menorahs. Carol has also helped us out with some outreach programs, such as representing the JMM this past fall at the Annual Museum Shop Around at Strathmore.

When she is not at the JMM, she keeps busy volunteering at local hospitals making jewelry for patients. She also loves cooking and entertaining as well as sewing. Carol comes from a big family and is very proud of her children and great grand-children. We are very lucky to have Carol in the shop as she always lights up the space with her smile and spirit.

If you know of anyone else who would like to join Carol in the shop (or as a volunteer in any other area of the Museum), please contact Sue Foard at

GrahamPost by Visitor Services Coordinator Graham Humphrey. Every month we highlight one of our fantastic JMM volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, send an email to Sue Foard at or call 410-732-6402 x220! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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Highlight from our Museum Shop!

Posted on June 27th, 2013 by


Necklace, heart with diamond, reading “Matriarchs,” $170.00.

estherEvery Thursday we’ll be highlighting one of the great items in our shop, managed by the lovely Esther Weiner. We hope you’ll come in and take a look! And remember, Museum members get a 10% discount! Interested in making a purchase or just have questions about our inventory? Give Esther a call 410-732-6402 x211 or drop her an email at


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