Jackie Palmer's Profile

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I inherited my love of stones from my mother, a self-designated rock hound, and like her, have found myself collecting field specimens both large and small throughout my life. As far back as I can remember, rocks have decorated my rooms. As a child in south-central Texas, I also routinely played with chameleons and caught honeybees and fireflies.

A summer spent with my family in Panama led to an ongoing fascination with nature and the diversity of life. A year as a Peace Corps teacher in the tropical country of Belize took me through the jungles of Guatemala and the coral reefs of the Carribbean and eventually led to a career teaching high-school biology, chemistry, and physics.

Later when I became a university English professor, I continued to incorporate my enthusiasm and passion for all natural things into technical-communication courses by designing…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 9
  • Joined November 2, 2010

Favorite materials

natural stones, especially boulder, fire, green, blue, and African pink opals, copper, gold, sterling silver

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Featuring natural stones & recycled metals

About

I inherited my love of stones from my mother, a self-designated rock hound, and like her, have found myself collecting field specimens both large and small throughout my life. As far back as I can remember, rocks have decorated my rooms. As a child in south-central Texas, I also routinely played with chameleons and caught honeybees and fireflies.

A summer spent with my family in Panama led to an ongoing fascination with nature and the diversity of life. A year as a Peace Corps teacher in the tropical country of Belize took me through the jungles of Guatemala and the coral reefs of the Carribbean and eventually led to a career teaching high-school biology, chemistry, and physics.

Later when I became a university English professor, I continued to incorporate my enthusiasm and passion for all natural things into technical-communication courses by designing projects with an environmental or sustainable consumer focus. Visits to Australia, China, South Korea, Canada, and Big Bend, Texas have led me to rock shops and jewelry stores in search of “local” stones (boulder opal, jade, and jaspers of all kinds).

So it seems only natural that I move beyond a hobby that began in 1992 (when I inherited my mother’s seed beads and taught myself how to make a beaded hatband for my husband) to working with stones on a more personal level. The shift from seed beads to primarily natural stones, and from assembly to metal working, wire wrapping, and art clay, is my way of getting back to nature.

The categorization and creation of the pieces that make up these collections thus reflect my own experiences, both past and present. But more importantly, I hope they will help you rediscover your own natural curiosity.

2011 Director, Brazos Valley Jewelry Artists Guild, http://www.meetup.com/JewelryArtists-BVJAG/

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