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My jewelry collection is a world of travel inspired wearable art that is handcrafted in my studio in Santa Barbara.

I began making jewelry as a child stringing beads into interesting color patterns. They went everywhere with me. At the age of thirteen I was fortunate enough to have an art metals course as an elective in middle school- I would sign up for every art class available. I fell in love with metal. My teacher, Joie Hertzfeldt, would work with me on special projects after school, and twenty years later, I still wear pieces of jewelry that I made in that class.

At Lawrence University, I studied art and art history, which took me abroad to study in Florence, Italy where we focused on architecture, sculpture and painting. I found something in these varied mediums and styles of expression from Celtic illuminated manuscripts and metal…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 6
  • Joined April 16, 2009

Favorite materials

recycled sterling silver, gold, leather, turquoise, opal, boulder opal, sapphire, diamonds

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JenCroweStudio
Jewelry & Art Handcrafted in California.

About

My jewelry collection is a world of travel inspired wearable art that is handcrafted in my studio in Santa Barbara.

I began making jewelry as a child stringing beads into interesting color patterns. They went everywhere with me. At the age of thirteen I was fortunate enough to have an art metals course as an elective in middle school- I would sign up for every art class available. I fell in love with metal. My teacher, Joie Hertzfeldt, would work with me on special projects after school, and twenty years later, I still wear pieces of jewelry that I made in that class.

At Lawrence University, I studied art and art history, which took me abroad to study in Florence, Italy where we focused on architecture, sculpture and painting. I found something in these varied mediums and styles of expression from Celtic illuminated manuscripts and metal work to the details and symbolism of Northern Renaissance painting, or the bold new directions of modern art, that I could connect with. It fuels my drive to keep exploring.

In 2007, I relocated to Los Angeles to be with my husband, James, who also shares my passion for travel. I was considering pursuing a Masters in Museum Studies in LA, so I spent some time interning at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and working at the Getty Villa Museum while weighing my options. I felt this gnawing desire to play with fire and metal again, so I sought out a metals studio that offered occasional classes. I met my jewelry guru Peter Solomon and realized that I needed to spend the rest of my life playing and pushing the boundaries of jewelry design.

I realized what I wanted to share with the world were my passions I hold so dear - art, travel, and education. I can share stories of the world through my jewelry, and keep my jewelry connected to my soul.

James and I now travel and explore full time as we moved onto RV in 2017. Based out of Santa Barbara we roam around the west coast, and work full time out of our RV.

For more exciting travel opportunities, we have a little carved wooden box that holds little slips of paper with all the recognized states and territories in the world on them. As often as we can we draw a piece of paper from it to see where our next expedition will lead us. It’s an amazing way to end up exploring the unexpected.

It’s all of the experiences from these journeys that I share with my customer - the stories, the art, and the wonder - of travel.

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