Currently, Jennifer creates unique jewelry pieces that can be ordered online, over the phone or in person. Jennifer is available to teach private or semi-private jewelry making classes. Please refer to the “workshop” page on the website or contact her privately by phone (805-765-2848).
Additionally, she has restored Judaica for synagogues in New York, Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, Ventura, CA, Oxnard, CA, Thousand Oaks, CA. She also restores Kiddush cups, candlesticks, and silver servers for private collections.
Jennifer knew at a young age that she loved art, at the age of 10 she used her allowance to purchase an enameling kit from Sears and taught herself. She was a painter and line drawer and entered art school at the Museum of Fine Art School (now called the Glassell School of Art) in Houston, Texas. Jennifer signed up for a class in Lithography (never got to take it) and no one else signed up so, she had to pick a new class. That class was jewelry making and she absolutely fell in love with working with silver . That course changed her life.
In Charleston, SC. she began creating, selling and teaching jewelry. She taught jewelry and enameling at the Gibbs Museum Art School. In addtion she taught older adults at the Senior Citizen Center.
Jennifer lived in NYC for 18 years during that time with her many of years of experience Jennifer taught enameling and jewelry design to students of all ages who had a commitment and serious desire to learn about jewelry making.
Jennifer found herself ill with Lyme Disease for over 10 years from 1983 to 1997. She simply started to read any jewelry designing book that was written, so that she could stay motivated and continue to practice her trade. During this time, Jennifer co-founded the National Jewish Artisans Guild open to juried craftspersons internationally.
After recovering, Jennifer moved to Atlanta, GA. She taught jewelry design and enameling at the Spruill Art Center in Dunwoody, GA. Jennifer created quality, unique jewelry pieces that could be worn day or night. In addition, Jennifer worked at a jewelry store as the resident expert for quality assurance.
Jennifer received her training in jewelry from:
- Museum of Fine Art School, (now called Glassell), Houston, TX
- PMLtd , (a private jewelry school) started by Pat McCrary & Val Link (head of the jewelry department at the University of Houston), Houston, TX.
- Jewish Mueum, Tobe Pascher Workshop – NYC, Ludwig Wolpert, Moshe Zabari and Harold Rubinowitz
- FIT, NYC – Anthony Lent (fine jewelry) and Genadi Osmerkin (Russian tehnique of hand raising vessels (silversmithing)
- Felicia Liban, NYC - cloisonne enamel
- Jean Stark, SC - granulation, Etruscan techniques
- Valerie Timofeev (PA)- Russian technique of Plique-a-Jour Enamel
- Valentin Yutkov- NYC – chasing/repousse
- Megan Corwin- TN – chasing/repousse
References available upon request.
Here are some Links for useful information:
The Enamelist Society, Inc. is a volunteer arts organization founded in 1987 for the purpose of promoting the art of enameling.
www.glass-on-metal.com Thompson Enamel’s magazine on what’s new in enamel
grainsofglass.ning.com A wonderful resource for enamel forums
www.vcella~kilns.com Supplier for Vcella kilns
http://www.paragonweb.com/ Supplier for Paragon kilns