CAROLYN JONES

As a jewelry artist, I make jewelry that reflects the joy and awe I experience observing nature and classic patterns around me. I'm inspired by trees changing with the seasons, the brilliant, varied colors of birds and butterflies, the energy of wind and ocean waves, or the comforting curl of a cat's tail. I find such satisfaction in taking a simple, blank, square of sheet metal or wire and transforming it into something recognizable, aesthetically pleasing, and wearable. I work with wire and metal because of the amazing depth and texture that can be achieved by using metal working, wire wrapping, and wire weaving techniques. I've always loved natural stones and their addition to my work adds the color or sparkle that really makes the design come to life.      

I value handcrafting my own components and charms and prefer to connect parts using wire wrapping, riveting, or other cold connections instead of machine-made elements. I focus a lot of attention on detail, making sure the piece is not only beautiful but wearable. All of this work lends to an artisan design that will withstand everyday wear and be treasured for years to come. My style ranges from earthy and bohemian to fine jewelry that can be worn for special occasions.    

I am a self-taught jewelry artist but I take classes and workshops to learn new skills and improve on current techniques. I sell my work in multiple juried art shows and festivals during the year, at different retail locations, and online in my Etsy shop.