Artist Profile: JoAnn Graham

Jewelry designer JoAnn Graham presents a stunning portfolio of handmade work. We spoke with her about design and execution.

 

Handmade Necklace by JoAnn Graham. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  What materials and studio techniques do you use when creating the jewelry in your collection?

JAG:  I work in sterling silver, fine silver, gold,steel and inlay silver in river rock.

 

Handmade necklace and earrings by JoAnn Graham. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

I forge, hand fabricate, and cast my work. I use a variety of hammers and stakes to stretch the metal creating one of a kind wearable art.

 

Handmade Cufflink by JoAnn Graham. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

When casting, I seek out organic shapes and textures creating unique individual pieces. These items then go through a filing, sanding, cleaning and polishing process to achieve the desired results.

 

Handmade Cuff bracelet by JoAnn Graham. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

I am striving to achieve my own sense of harmony and balance that allows the wearer to witness the connection between the client and hand of the artist. It is a visceral process uniting the artist and recipient.

 

Handmade pendant and earrings by JoAnn Graham. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  What would you describe as the inspiration for your jewelry design?

JAG:  My work is inspired by my previous career as a Dance Educator. My approach to silversmithing is reflected in this kinetic fluidity honoring line, shape, form, and texture found in all the elements of good art.

 

Handmade ring by JoAnn Graham. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  How do you sell your work?

JAG:  My jewelry is currently being sold through my website JAGcollections.com and at art festivals.

 

 

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