Artist's Statement

I have always enjoyed exploring possibilities, experiencing the evolution of ideas, and above all, translating my personal voice into precious metal forms. I strive for uniquely personal pieces that comfortably adorn the body with a graceful, natural and timeless rhythm. I create flowing patterns of intricately undulating textures by wrapping my pieces with 18 karat yellow gold or fine silver and the application of multiple layers of precious metals such as sterling silver, gold, and anodized niobium. Occasionally I will add gemstones, but only if the piece calls for it.

From conception to completion, I personally design and carry out all of the mechanical processes of creating jazart.

All of life's experiences, great and small, are inspirational. Observation and reflection yield understanding and arouse curiosity. From viewing microscopic images of the surface of cells to walking in the sun on the shores of Lake Michigan, from the joy of teaching to the revelations of being taught, by keeping my mind and soul open to all possibilities, I always come away richer.

  • 2004 to present
    • Metalsmithing teacher at "Terri McCarthy Teaching Studio"
  • 2001 to 2004
    • Metalsmithing instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • 1984 to present
    • Maintain private studio: jazart
  • 1995 to 1998
    • Goldsmith for Out of Solitude jewelry gallery

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee - 1988

Graduated with high honors with an emphasis in jewelry and metalsmithing

Additional Workshop Education
  • Betty Helen Longhi: shell forming: synclastic and anticlastic raising
  • Harold O’Connor: granulation and flex shaft techniques
  • Mary Lee Hu: fiber techniques in metal
  • Linda Threadgill: spray etching
  • Claire Pfleger: forming and soldering pewter
  • John McQueen: basketry techniques
  • Crafts Business Institute: Baltimore, MD
  • Andrew Cooperman: bench tricks and studio tips
  • Billie Jean Theide: patination and hollowware
  • Deb Karash: surfaces and rivets
  • Don Freidlich: production techniques
  • John Cogswell: clasps
Professional Affiliations
  • Society of North American Goldsmiths: since 1986
  • American Crafts Council: since 1987
  • Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council since 1998
  • Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Craftsmen since 1999
  • Chicago Metal Arts Guild
  • National Association of Independent Artists
  • 2015Best of Jewelry Award, Columbia, MO Art in the Park
  • 2015 Award of Excellence, Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair
  • 2014 Best in Jewelry, with 2015 invitation award, Art Fair Off the Square, Madison, WI
  • 2014 Award of Excellence, Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair
  • 2010 Invitational Award Winner Greenwich Village Art Fair
  • 2010 Invitational Award Winner Old Town Art Fair
  • 2010 Invitational Award Winner - Art Fair Off the Square
  • 2009 Best of Jewelry- Art Fair Off the Square
  • 2008 Invitational Award Winner Old Town Art Fair
  • 2008 Best of Jewelry- Art Fair Off the Square
  • 2007 Invitational Award Winner Old Town Art Fair
  • 2007 Best of Jewelry- Art Fair Off the Square
  • 2006: Invitational Award, Greenwich Village
  • 2006: Invitational Award, Old Town Art Fair
  • 2005: Award winner, Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL
  • 2005: Award winner, Art Fair on the Square, Madison, WI
  • 2005: Best of Show-Jewelry, Greenwich Village Art Fair, Rockford, IL
  • 2004: Award of Excellence Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair
  • 2003: Honorable Mention Minnesota Crafts Festival -St. Paul, MN
  • 2003: Honorable Mention Historic Shaw Art Festival - St. Louis, MO
  • 2002: Best of Jewelry Award Two Rivers Art Fair- Des Moines, IA
  • 2002: Award of Merit: Artstreet- Green Bay, WI
  • 2002: Award of Excellence Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair- Milwaukee, WI
  • 2001: 1st Place Award , Greenwich Village Art Fair
  • 2000: 1st Place Award Winner, Rockford Art Museum Art Festival
  • 2000: 2nd Place Award Winner, Plaza Art Fair-Kansas City

Best of pals and Madison assistant Debra Moran.
Copyright Jeanette Payne 2015
This page last modified 7/13/15
2009 Award Winner, Best of Jewelry-Art Fair Off the Square, Madison, WI
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