Carrie Parker, co-founder and chief creative of Sorcery Science, is fusing art and science into molecule necklaces and earrings, cosmic candles, and science-inspired apparel. Attracting customers from both the science and art worlds, Sorcery Science jewelry invites people to consider science as beautiful art and as a creative way to express themselves.
With high-quality acrylics and wood, Sorcery Science has produced 9 different jewelry collections since 2017. Featuring molecule jewelry, aromatic scented earrings and necklaces, tinctures and tonics, poisons, and more, all Sorcery Science jewelry is inspired by the natural world—from the microscopic to the cosmic—and diligently designed with scientific accuracy.
“When scientists see our products, they say, ‘I’ve never thought about how beautiful the shape of this molecule is.’ For instance, benzene is a carcinogenic compound, but it’s a hexagon. It looks beautiful and simplistic and fascinating.”Carrie Parker, co-founder and chief creative at Sorcery Science
Carrie loves knowing that her products provoke a response in her customers. For example, Sorcery Science’s wood-engraved uterus necklace opens up surprising conversations with her customers about the human body and beauty of biology at craft shows. In addition, Sorcery Science sends an informative card with every piece of jewelry, explaining their significance and function.
Carrie’s entrepreneurial journey began in 2015 when she and her husband Joe needed a creative outlet from their day jobs as science teachers and software engineers. They began a membership at TechShop, a makerspace in Bakery Square, where they learned how to use laser cutters and other machines. With their novice skills, they made a keychain in the molecular shape of serotonin, a chemical that helps regulate emotions and mood, appetite, memory, sleep, and sexual functions. The keychain was for Carrie’s father, who has a bipolar disorder. She thought that a tangible cut out of the chemical might be helpful to her father, who could carry serotonin with him wherever he went, and thus, Sorcery Science was born.
Moving beyond keychains, Carrie has designed earrings and necklaces based on other molecules, including oxytocin, adrenaline, chocolate, estrogen, testosterone, and even the compounds in the smell of an old book. After TechShop closed suddenly in 2017, Carrie and Joe bought their own laser cutter, 3-D printer, and photography equipment to design, produce, and market Sorcery Science products from their home studio, and Carrie joined the business full-time. Carrie joined her eforever group in Garfield, PA as Sorcery Science continued to grow and Carrie was figuring out how to be both a business owner and maker.
“I didn’t go to school for business and I didn’t go to school for metal smithing and so I ask, “How do I do this?” a lot. I try to stay flexible and know when I can figure something out on my own or use the internet and when I need to reach out to another person. I need to know when I need help, and that’s something that my eforever group has been great for.”Carrie Parker, co-founder and chief creative of Sorcery Science
Since joining her eforever group, Carrie and Joe have brought on another employee to help expand their business production and capacities to travel outside of Pennsylvania for maker shows. Over the last couple years, Sorcery Science has appeared at Handmade Arcade, an annual marketplace that connects nearly 200 innovative crafters and makers with consumers, and Pittcon, an analytical chemistry conference that occurs annually in different cities across the U.S.
Sorcery Science is continuing to reinvent how scientists think about their fields and offers unique jewelry to all. In the future, Carrie and Joe envision a storefront for Sorcery Science, but for now, customers can shop at SorceryScience.com and seasonal craft shows. To request a molecular design, email firstname.lastname@example.org.