sterling silver, semi-precious stones, pearls
Since graduating from Tyler School of Art in 1978 with a BFA in metalsmithing, Joan has been enamored with metal fabrication techniques. She creates individual elements in sterling silver and 14K gold, from flat metal sheets, wire, and tubing. She constructs her jewelry by soldering her handmade elements together with an oxygen & acetylene torch. Then the pieces are enhanced with color using a selection of faceted or cabochon gemstones. As a final step she buffs with tripoli and rouge to bring each completed piece to a brilliant high polish.
Joan enjoys working in her studio, and her hands feel most at home when they have a pair of pliers in them. Tools that were never intended for jewelry lead her into whole new directions from auto repair devices to plumbing tubing cutters and torch tip. “I visualize everything in the world as if it were a piece of jewelry. Musical notes from a piece of sheet music become a brooch pattern and a gate pattern in Barcelona become a pendant.” Her luminous jewelry designs are studies in line, color, form, and movement.
Since 1972, Langman Gallery has presented unique handmade crafts and fine art by American artists and designers. Recently named one of NICHE magazine’s Top Retailers of 2009, the gallery features fine contemporary crafts including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry, lighting, paintings, prints, and sculpture. The annual Top Retailer Awards program recognizes craft galleries who are committed to growing and strengthening the North American craft community.
The Langman Gallery is located adjacent to Bloomingdale’s in Willow Grove Park. Hours are Monday–Saturday, 10am-9:00pm and Sunday’s 11am-6pm.