- Judith Jansen Jewelry
From Earth To Art
About Judith Jansen:
Fabricating and casting jewelry since 1991 has changed the direction of my professional career 180 degrees. I am a former high school physical education teacher and women’s gymnastic coach from Wisconsin. Moving to Michigan in 1991 and loving fashion adornments led me to explore my creative side in the jewelry world of silver, gold and natural stones. After 3 years of experimenting with metals and learning from local well known and knowledgeable Jewelers, I started my own business–Judith Jansen Jewelry, also known as J3.
Over the years my designs have become more detailed and refined. I have enjoyed traveling the country to select stones mined worldwide for just the prefect jasper, or agate cabochon to incorporate into my work. Working with natural, yet highly polished stones gives me great inspiration from their colors, natural pattern within the stones, as well as their texture. Stones just feel great.
It is truly thrilling to explore what can be accomplished using tools, stones and metal. I continue to refine my skills through studying with Master Goldsmiths. My latest concentration and development involves honing my skills by incorporating high karat silver, known as Argentium, along with high karat 18 and 22 karat gold. Marrying the white metal of Argentium and the rich yellow color of the high karat gold makes a stunning contrast. This summer, I will be studying with renowned master goldsmith and jewelry designer, Cecelia Bauer. Ms Bauer specializes in 22k gold granulation. She has an M.F.A. degree from Pratt Institute, and was trained in classical jewelry making techniques by Robert M. kulicke and Jean Reist Stark at Kulicke-Stark Academy. Ms Bauer’s designs are sold in fine jewelry galleries, and she is featured among prominent contemporary jewelry artists in Ettagale Blauer’s Contemporary American Jewelry Design, 500 Earrings: New Directions in Contemporary Jewelry, and in Showcase 500 Rings.
It is extremely exciting to continue to evolve while still enjoying what first piqued my creative side.