Meet the Artist
About This Artist
Jane creates playful, modern, mixed-material jewelry for people who love good design. She is intrigued by the small and intimate nature of jewelry, and the unspoken connection between maker, wearer and viewer. Any material is fair game, creating a “beginner’s mind” attitude—always learning, questioning and playing.
Using simple tools and traditional techniques, Jane hand fabricates each piece of jewelry one at a time. Her process might include working from sketches, making paper models, creating computer-drawn templates, or combining scrap pieces that have accumulated in her studio. Mistakes are her favorite teacher.
Jane participates in juried craft shows around the country, teaches workshops, and shows her work in galleries and exhibitions around the U.S.
Q&A With This Artist
A: Working in a variety of materials means that processes can be slightly different, but there is much overlap in the tools used. For example, a pasta rolling machine and extruder are part of working with polymer clay, but finishing is done with the same tools you'd use for metal or wood. These include a jeweler's saw, various sand papers, drills, files and more.
A: I started working in metal and still do. But either my short attention span or need for exploration leads me down different materials paths, such as polymer clay. As an avid cook, gardener and teacher of pasta making, I realized its close connection to these activities. I think our inherent sensibilities drive our choice of material and process. I can't forge metal, for example. It's too noisy! Polymer clay is soothing but it also allows for aesthetic exploration I don't find in other materials.
A: I don't strive for perfection or polish. I want my work to have an unfinished quality about it that makes it feel approachable but also challenging. I want to change the perception of what a piece of jewelry should look like. I want people to feel creative and adventurous.
A: Wonder is essential, and for any maker who is process-based like I am, it can present a challenge. You have to balance the desire for exploration, experimentation and the learning that comes from mistakes with business needs such as filling orders. The bright spots are the small surprises and delights that come from the making process. Often, they're unrepeatable, which makes them even more precious.
A: What I lack in a specific mentor I make up for in being awed daily at the beautiful struggle of artists and craftsmen everywhere.
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