Fall Into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Joan Rhoads

Joan Rhoads started beading about 15 years ago, which led her to jewelry making. To keep pace with her growing interest, Joan took classes in wire wrapping, fusing glass, soldering, lapidary and in 2006 was Rio Grande certified in metal clay. Joan uses her lapidary skills to work with slag, a by-product of the iron furnaces in the area, to create beautiful focal pieces. She also reimagines and converts silver-plate flatware into rings, pendants, and bracelets.

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Joan’s imagination and talent are well represented by works she creates with such seemingly mundane items as recycled glass and items found in nature such as flowers, leaves, rocks and seed pods. Joan tells us, “I generally find something like broken windshield glass or a seed pod or even spent bullets and imagine what I can create with it to make it unique. The found object will determine whether I put it in a metal clay design, make it into a sculpture or wrap it with wire. I use different processes depending on what the object is to determine what it will become. For example, spent bullets became daisies in a sculpture. Broken windshield glass becomes a drusy-like cabochon in silver metal clay and sea glass becomes a wire wrapped pendant.”

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Joan describes her work as “earthy and somewhat primitive.” She creates original, anything-but-ordinary, wear-it-any-day pieces from unconventional and unique objects.

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Joan will be here, with over fifty other fine artisans, so mark your calendar, today! In the meantime, you can see some of Joan’s work at http://www.joansjewelrybox.com and on the Gallery page of http://www.ybcrafts.org.

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