I am a native Texan currently living in Phoenix, Arizona. I have a bachelors and masters degree in fine arts with an emphasis in metals and jewelry. I attended the University of Texas at Austin for my undergraduate degree, studying with Thelma Coles where I also minored in ceramics and art history. I studied with renowned metalsmith and enamelist Harlan Butt for my graduate degree at the University of North Texas in Denton.
After graduate school, I was hired as Artist in Residence in Metals at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, TN. I assisted the professor, Bob Coogan, in the upkeep of the studio and helped students with their projects. In addition, I taught metals workshops in my specialties: fabrication, enameling and chainmaking. In 1997, I also began teaching art history, one of my passions, at a local community college and working on my own jewelry lines and one of a kind pieces in my home studio. Workshops, involvement in TACA, the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists, teaching and running my own studio kept me very busy.
In 2002, I went back to school to pursue another of my passions: computer arts and animation. I found a small college in Tempe, AZ that suited my needs and moved to the Valley of the Sun. After completing an associates degree in computer arts, I returned to metals as the Artist in Residence at the Phoenix Center for the Arts where I taught workshops in metals and jewelry for three very rewarding years. As soon as I finished my tenure at the Phoenix Center, I was fortunate to be offered a residency in Metals at the Mesa Arts Center, where I currently have my studio and teach workshops.
From 2006- 2009 I was adjunct faculty at South Mountain Community College where I taught art history survey (I liked to call it "mud to modern"), drawing, 2d design and computer graphics. While teaching and making work are my first loves, I am privileged to currently work for the Heard Museum Shop where I run the online shop. I was tasked with a complete overhaul of the design, which we implemented April 1, 2010. In addition to maintaining the website, I do all the product photography, write copy and create biographies on artists, process orders and ship artwork as well as help on the sales floor. I have deepened my understanding of Native cultures and continue to meet incredible artists, which has only given me more inspiration for my own work.
Concerning my own aesthetic:
When not teaching, working in the studio, on the computer or spending time with my husband and stepson, I like to get out into the mountains and hike or sit in front of a good movie (or PBS) designing in my sketchbook or knitting. I carry a full pack of camera gear with me wherever I go and frequently have it in front of my face or someone else's. Alternately, I head for the local museums and botanical gardens. I can sometimes be found out with friends making a good-natured ruckus talking art, knitting (yes, knitting) or geeking out about computer programs. I love to run when the weather permits and I practice Tai Chi and yoga for relaxation. I am also a cat person. Take that as you see fit.
And yes, Jewel really is my given name :-)
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