Arizona Turquoise in a Copper Soldered Wire Prong Setting, Copper Colored Brass Chain
Native Michigan Copper and Repurposed Turquoise Cabechon set in Copper Soldered Wire Prongs, Tibetian Nugget Turquoise
Copper Disk Earrings, Design from JudiKins Rubber Stamps, Acid Etched, Mica Inks, hand formed Sterling Silver
Joyce Carol Jewelry, Evolving Jewelry Artist
Joyce has been creating unique jewelry pieces for twenty-five years and they have evolved as nature-inspired, often ethnic-styled works. Joyce is constantly on the move perfecting her techniques by taking classes, often repeating the same class several times. She finds great pleasure in beautiful rocks, shells, fossils, handmade glass (which she fuses and lampworks) , and ceramics (especially raku glazes which are smoked and unpredictable). As she masters new techniques, her creativity increases. Sometimes Joyce keeps various components for years before deciding what to do with them. Suddenly, there's an "ah-ha!" moment when her internal light bulb goes on and she knows exactly what to do with a piece of her stash.
Artists who have inspired her include Auntie Mitzie who taught her pearl knotting, Brad Smith from the Culver City Rock and Mineral Club who is also an instructor of metal smithing, Anthony Chavez and Eilen Stewart, both jewelry instructors, and members of the Culver City Rock and Mineral Club who voluntarily taught her lapidary, soldering, networking, and problem solving. Joyce is so enthusiastic about learning and perfecting her art that mentors enjoy being available to help her achieve her goal of furthering her knowledge and creating beautiful objects that satisfy her need to soar. She works best when she's happy, and her pieces strongly reflect her joyful moods. Progress as an artist is essential to her, so Joyce is constantly involved in investigating sources she needs, classes, workshops, art shows, being a lifelong learner. This results in refining her processes, creating elaborate designs, making spectacular pieces that are transformed into large, medium and small works to please every jewelry wearer.
Joyce definitely prefers to work in the morning light. She creates an environment that is quiet, peaceful and makes jewelry only when rested and happy. A people person, Joyce often seeks out other artists for conversation, inspiration, and enrichment. Her world view and delight in producing something beautiful is reflected in all her pieces.