After attending Florida State University, Earl Reid moved to the art colony of St. Augustine, Florida. To survive, he became an automobile salesman, but sculpture was his first love and being around creative companions only convinced him that this was the way to go. In 1963 he migrated to the art colony of Laguna Beach, California and knew he had found the perfect place and atmosphere in which to launch his career as an artist. Earl has always had a personal relationship with the natural world around him and draws from this knowledge in creating his sculptures. Though highly successful, he gradually began to realize that what he really wanted to do was jewelry. Earl then made a slow progression to jewelry, integrating the principles of sculpture into his work. The results were fascinating pieces modeled after stalactites and gnarled tree trunks and flowers. Later on, after panning for gold nuggets, he also incorporated these in his work. Each piece is truly an original; it is hand built with an oxygen/acetylene torch. Earl uses no molds, so his pieces cannot be duplicated. Earl also says that the shape of the precious stones he incorporates into his work often dictate the manner in which he approaches his design. A truly unique artist/craftsman, Earl Reid is in the private collections of celebrities both here and in Europe, Buenos Aires, Costa Rica, and Alaska. He is sought after not only for his beautiful wedding sets and engagement rings for those who truly wish to have an original and non-duplicatable piece of jewelry, but for his other distinctive works as well. Earl has been participating in Art shows all over the United States for most of his career. He has been at the Sawdust Festival for 41 years and has shown at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.