From the Hearts & Hands of Artisans
I invite you into the handcrafted world of Uno Alla Volta...
Our name means one at a time® and describes how our artisans lovingly create each treasure. And, taking things uno alla volta is at the core of our philosophy for living a meaningful life.
My merchants and I travel the U.S. and much of the world in search of artisans with whom we collaborate to create for you these very special designs. Our artisans create jewelry, collectibles, accessories and art in all its forms. They work with glass, metal, fabric and clay. They use techniques passed through the generations and they use techniques invented just yesterday.
Where ever our artisans may be, halfway around the world or right next door, whatever techniques and materials they use, whatever form their personal expression takes, they all have one thing in common: the creations they bring you are fashioned by their hearts every bit as much as by their hands.
Talk to them and you will hear in their voices the happiness that creation can bring. They will speak of the joy of spreading “particles” of their human spirit throughout the world, much as a dandelion spreads its seeds. You will hear of their wish to create something truly lasting – something which will be cherished, appreciated and shared.
Talk to our customers and they will share with you an appreciation of what it means to be a caretaker of work fashioned by a fellow human being. You will hear that when they come to Uno Alla Volta, they are welcomed into our una grande famiglia, our one great big family.
Talk to those who have received gifts carefully chosen for them and you will hear how wonderful it is to receive creations from the hearts and hands of artisans. They will tell you how special it is to know a bit about the life of the artisan and how the personalized certificates of authenticity forever serve as a reminder of the human connection – the dear friend or family member who gave them the gift, the artisan who crafted it and the great many people here who made it all happen.
Talk to me and you will hear how I have found my true calling in this life. You will hear of my never-ending gratitude for the gift of being able to facilitate the creativity and growth of so many. And, to whom do I owe that gratitude? I owe it to all of you – la mia famiglia – my family – mia una grande famiglia!
With deepest appreciation,
Terri S. Alpert, Founder and CEO