Joe & Gudi were born in Germany and moved to Canada in 1990.
Joe was a dental technician for most of this life and gained experience as a carpenter, worked with metal lathes, milling machines, and other tools.
Gudi was a draft person for most of her life before she became an interior decorator and worked for several years in sales and marketing.
They started making jewelry as a hobby more than 30 years ago when they still lived in Holland. In 2008 Joe enrolled at the College of Craft and Design in Fredericton, NB and became a juried member in 2010. In 2012 their studio became a juried member of the Nova Scotia Craft Council. Late 2009 they opened their studio in their home but it was late 2012 when jewelry making became a full time job for Joe & Gudi. In 2013 their business incorporated.
Their company name “TerraBijou” means “earthly jewelry”, using local pebbles and rocks of the Bay of Fundy as well as Sterling Silver, Copper, Brass, Bronze and finding from travels around the world. The studio runs partly on solar power to create their mostly “one of a kind” jewelry pieces.