Wendy Jo New

Wendy Jo New

Wendy Jo New Metal Designs www.wjnmetaldesigns.com

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Artistic Discipline: Jewelry; Metalworking

Artist’s Statement:

I produce fine contemporary jewelry and other metal designs primarily in the precious metals of gold, silver, palladium, and platinum. These are often further defined with the addition of texturing, gemstones and other unique lapidary, or resin inlay. "Clean. Crisp. Geometric. Architectural. Subtle elegance." This is how my work is described by gallery and show customers and viewers, and by commission clients. Designing and fabricating engagement and wedding bands and other custom jewelry, often with people’s stones, is particularly meaningful to me and, of course, the clients. With a long career in education and national education policy, I have purposefully incorporated teaching as a significant facet of my current goldsmithing career.

Growing up, I always was mesmerized by sparkling gemstones and metals and I often incorporate something illuminating into my designs. Whether or not I intricately plan a jewelry piece in advance of producing it or just spontaneously fabricate one as I go along, the result is inevitably something that is unique with a contemporary flair that complements, rather than overwhelms, a wearer. When designing jewelry or other metal work, I always thing about whether I would wear it, use it, and/or display it. Anyone who knows me sees a reflection of me in what I design.

Other information: In addition to teaching live and virtual workshops at metalsmithing schools, I also teach private lessons. If interested in a private lesson, please contact me by email. I also do some repair work .