Artist Profile: Pookie Weatherburn

Jewelry artist Pookie Weatherburn shares her elegant collection, inspired by culture and ceremony.


Handmade necklace by jewelry artist Pookie Weatherburn. See her profile at


ABI:  What is your background, and how does that influence your jewelry?

PW:  Art and design have always been a part of my life. My mother moved to West Africa as a young bride. Living in the bush, without electricity, she was inventive and creative as a clothing designer. I spent many days going to markets with her, searching through beautiful African fabrics. She gave me hems to sew and seams to undo. Sometimes I would grumble at the detailed work, which makes me laugh when I think of the fine work I do today.


Athena necklace by jewelry artist Pookie Weatherburn. See her profile at


As an adult, I became interested in batik and cassava-paste techniques and made wall hangings. Experimenting with different printing materials, I began working with metal. The contrast of fabric against metal led me to an interest in hand-weaving techniques with wire to make jewelry. My work is influenced by African ceremonial adornments. Also, historical fashion and, certainly, the natural, organic world.


Annika Necklace, bracelet and earrings by artist Pookie Weatherburn. See her work featured at


ABI:  Tell us about your technique. How do you design and create?

PW:  I use a simple crochet hook and fine silver or copper wire to build three-dimensional pieces of jewelry. It’s crazy how small the tool is in my hand and how big some of the pieces are. I might incorporate semiprecious beads, freshwater pearls, cut metal, or mesh, or other materials. Some pieces require a lot of precision and counting. Others are created on the fly, without plan. But I record all my work on paper in detail.


"Net necklace" by artist Pookie Weatherburn, who shares her portfolio at


Often I feel as though I’m drawing with the wire. I might put shapes inside others to create a window into the composition. I like to change the mood of my work: some are intended to be fun and informal, while others royal and processional. My work ranges from dramatic, large pieces to light, delicate, lace-like designs. I can use as much wire in a single piece as would stretch the length of a football field. The wire offers me the opportunity to create structure but the method gives the feeling of fabric and fiber.


"Astra earrings" by jewelry artist Pookie Weatherburn. See her work at


ABI:  How do you see your jewelry business evolving in the future?

PW:  It was exciting to have my jewelry displayed at the SOFA show in New York and the national juried show Craft Forms. Going forward, I want to see my business move in several directions. One goal is to get my one-of-a-kind pieces shown as art in galleries or worn in high-fashion settings. Commission work is another area that interests me.


Delicate necklace by jewelry artist Pookie Weatherburn. See her portfolio at


While teaching preschoolers, I was asked to create a piece that would incorporate the work of the children. I like the idea of making a special piece that reflects an individual and touches her personally. I also enjoy collaborating with other artists in installation projects (I’ve had some experience there). I like connecting with customers at shows and on my online shop. It’s my aim to make jewelry that can be worn on any occasion, offering a unique, individual style.


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