Megan Auman, jewelry designer and educator

Megan Auman
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We feel like slackers. Megan Auman is not only a jewelry designer and metalsmith, but an educator and entrepreneur. Auman, 30, began her eponymous jewelry line after graduate school in 2006, and her work, found at, is sold at more than 60 stores. In 2009, she created Designing an MBA at, which focuses on business thinking for designers. "I love that my job involves a mix of running my own creative business and helping others do the same," Auman said, Auman, who teaches at Towson University and MICA, shared with b the jewelry she never leaves home without and much more.

Worst pet peeve? I hate it when people make broad generalizations about an entire group of people. Every time I hear something that "all millennials" or "all women" do, it drives me crazy!

What song are you hating/loving right now? I'm loving "Biggest Man in Los Angeles" by Andy Grammer. Whenever I feel frustrated with my career or life, that song reminds me that I'm right where I'm supposed to be. I'm hating "Rolling in the Deep." Not because I hate Adele, but because a fitness class I was in used that song for the ab sequence ... and now whenever I hear it my stomach muscles wince in pain!

Your worst habit? I'm a total slob and my house is always a mess. I've tried for 30 years to change, and I just can't!

Jewelry you never leave home without? I always wear my rings: My wedding band/engagement ring on my left hand, and five rings on my right — two that I made and a stack of three that I got from a fellow jewelry designer.

Last movie you liked/disliked? My friend and I took her 3-year-old to see "The Muppets," and I was surprised by how much I liked it. It had the right mix of nostalgia and current pop culture.

Last video that made you snort with laughter? My husband sent me a clip of a couple fighting on their iPhones, with Siri trying to translate to diffuse the argument! So funny!

Favorite/least favorite trend in design or jewelry? I don't love the current trend of brass jewelry, but that's mostly because I want people to buy steel jewelry instead!

TV shows you can't get enough of? "Raising Hope"; "New Girl"; "Psych"; "The Daily Show"; "The Biggest Loser" (my guilty pleasure)

Favorite place to get a drink? I'm a huge craft beer/microbrew fan, so Alewife is high on my list. Who doesn't love 40 beers on tap!?

Favorite quote/saying? "Make a statement every day" Yes, I know it's my tag line, but it really reflects the way I want to approach life.

Favorite thing about Baltimore? I love that Baltimore has such a history and legacy when it comes to craft. And I love the pride people have for that in this city.

As told to Jordan Bartel, b