I make small wonders for wise, creative, adventurous souls.

Jane Pellicciotto

Feeling a late-in-life pull to create a personal body of work, I embraced jewelry design and metalsmithing in 2015 as a side hussle to my graphic design career. My work can be described as industrial, elegant and rustic. This marriage of contrasting qualities reflects the pursuit of harmony that persists inside all of us. My jewelry is my own answer to that struggle, which ultimately is not about seeking balance, but about embracing uncertainties and opposites.

I like that jewelry requires a participant. It encourages me to create work that feels alive and relatable, with its small imperfections and uneven forms. I’m often asked where I get my inspiration. Once, when someone asked this at a show, I pointed to a metal grate with peeling paint and said, “That looks good to me!” There’s something poignant and compelling to me about forms, patterns and structures out in the world that have been forgotten, used, worn and transformed. They embody a kind of spontaneous and unexpected beauty that makes me want to render them in the small, personal form that is jewelry, as if capturing a moment in miniature.

My painting and collage practice spurs jewelry ideas, and vice versa. And sometimes they even make their way into a piece of jewelry. For inspiration, I look to the synchronicity of forms, lines and textures that appear over and over across nature and through the built environment.

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