Our Company: founded by Patricia Frey in the 1970s, Charmworks now includes three generations of our family. We pride ourselves on making creative and high quality products, all of which are designed by Patricia & Rachel Frey. Everything is made with love & pride right here in our shop in southern Arizona.
Our Founder: Patricia Moore was born in 1934 in Manila in the Philippines to two Methodist missionaries. She spent her younger years learning and playing under relatively normal circumstances. Her childhood fun was abruptly cut short by the start of the Second World War. On December 8th, 1941 the Imperial Japanese Forces invaded and eventually captured the islands. All allied civilians were soon rounded up and placed in internment camps throughout the islands. Pat, her two brothers and her parents survived this harrowing experience in Los Baños from 1942 until February 23rd, 1945 when they were rescued during a raid carried out by Philippine Guerrillas and the U.S. Army's 11th Airborne Division. The image below shows airborne troops preparing for the raid.
After the war, Pat's affinity for tools and craftsmanship grew and grew. She attended UC Berkeley for a time, studying art history where she began to develop her sculpting skills by making busts and statues. Her marriage to career Army officer Jesse Frey gave her the opportunity to live in new parts of the world and learn new things. In the 1960s while he was stationed in Germany, she visited the Jewelry Museum in Pforzheim. She was filled with wonder and inspiration by the marriage of sculpture and beauty in the jewelry. Shortly thereafter, she began acquiring tools and the knowledge to make her own jewelry.
By the 1970s Pat had turned her hobby into a career she loved opening her first store in a mall kiosk in North Carolina. The life of an Army wife kept her on the move and she would soon have two stores in the Boston, Massachusetts area. The final Army move brought her and her family to southern Arizona where the business resides to this day. At this point, Pat's daughter Rachel joined the business and it became feasible to move larger scale casting operations in house. They approached Jeff Bowie (who did all of their casting work) and he taught them everything he knew before selling all of his casting equipment to Charmworks. We cast on this equipment to this day.
At 84 years old she rarely misses the opportunity to do the thing she loves most, and can almost always be found at her desk listening to classical music and sculpting a new charm design.
Rachel Frey: Pat's daughter joined the business in 1985 after earning a degree in fine art and graphic design. She now covers daily operations and most production while Pat does the bulk of design work.
Daniel Frey: in 2017, Pat's grandson Dan left a career with Samuel Adams to bolster Charmwork's social media networks and learn the business of silver smithing. He's never been happier than he is working with his family.