Handcrafted Jewelry Photo Gallery

 

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Handcrafted Jewelry Photo Gallery is a collection of photos of my cast and/or fabricated original jewelry designs in 14k yellow gold or sterling silver between the years 1975 and 2012. Some of the pieces won awards in juried competitions; some of them were published as step by steps in various international trade magazines: Jewelry Artist, Wire Jewelry, Step-by-Step Jewelry, Lapidary Journal….

Over the years, Joyce’s jewelry work has been included in juried gallery shows throughout Arizona and in California, sometimes winning 1st or 2nd place in these competitions. She was active for several years in the Arizona Designer Craftsmen organization and in 2005, served as their Exhibition Chairperson.

Her first step-by-step article, published in the January 1980 issue of Lapidary Journal Gem Cutting Magazine, consisted of original gem cutting instructions for a 3.2 carat citrine. Since then, Joyce has had numerous step-by-step articles of her original jewelry designs published in various international magazines including Jewelry Artist, Step-By-Step Beads, Wire Jewelry, Jewelry Arts & Lapidary Journal just to name a few.

She is currently an active member of Arizona Quilters Guild and has exhibited her bargello wall hangings in their yearly exhibition.

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Creations in Wood Photo Gallery

 

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Creations in Wood Photo Gallery is a collections of photos of my original designs in rare, exotic woods and semi-precious stones — jewelry boxes, screens, storage ideas — for the purpose of giving other artist/woodworkers ideas for their own work.

Joyce Zborower is a fine craft’s artist creating unique and beautiful products in the areas of metal (gold and silver and semi-precious stones), wood (rare, exotic woods with semi-precious stones), and fiber (bargello technique for wall hangings and bed quilts).

Over the years, Joyce’s jewelry work has been included in juried gallery shows throughout Arizona and in California, sometimes winning 1st or 2nd place in these competitions. She was active for several years in the Arizona Designer Craftsmen organization and in 2005, served as their Exhibition Chairperson.

Her first step-by-step article, published in the January 1980 issue of Lapidary Journal Gem Cutting Magazine, consisted of original gem cutting instructions for a 3.2 carat citrine. Since then, Joyce has had numerous step-by-step articles of her original jewelry designs published in various international magazines including Jewelry Artist, Step-By-Step Beads, Wire Jewelry, Jewelry Arts & Lapidary Journal just to name a few.

She is currently an active member of Arizona Quilters Guild and has exhibited her bargello wall hangings in their yearly exhibition.

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Bargello Quilts Photo Gallery by Joyce Zborower

 

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Bargello Quilts Photo Gallery is a collection of photos my work in fiber — specifically bargello quilts (wall hangings and bed quilts), other kinds of quilts, and sewn vests — over the years (1975 – 2012) to hopefully give you ideas for your own work.

I guess you could say I came to doing art work by the back door. My formal schooling was in the area of clinical psychology . . . Bradley University, B.S. 1965 and M.A. 1969. But even as a child I wanted to grow up to be a jeweler. I was always fascinated by pretty stones. I would pry them out of old pieces of costume jewelry and squirrel them away in a small, fuzzy, green velvet box lined with cotton and have fantasies about whether or not they were real.

I was a stay-at-home mom when we lived in Chicago’s Hyde Park district so I had a lot of time on my hands. I started buying and studying jewelry design books and set up a small studio in the sun room of our apartment and showed my wares at street festivals. The University of Chicago offered a class in welding so my friend, Annie Kleboe, and I decided to sign up. Annie was doing stone sculpture at the time; she’s now into collages.

We moved to Arizona in 1975. I wanted to learn casting and was very fortunate to find excellent instructors. Bob and Gina Winston were veteran designers selling out of a gallery in California but their studio where they held classes was only ten minutes from my house. I truly lucked out. I stayed with them for five years

Also, during this same time period, I wanted to learn how to cut gem stones . . . another excellent instructor was fortunately available. Martin Koning, a cutter whose skills were respected internationally, had his shop right off the highway near Wickenburg, Az. He agreed to teach me.

Wickenburg was a two hour drive from my house. Every Saturday for two years my husband would take care of the kids to give me a day off. I’d leave my house at six a.m. to be at Martin’s by 8 and usually not get home until dinner. It was a beautiful drive; I absolutely loved it.

My other crafts include woodworking and sewing (quilt design and construction). I owe whatever sewing skills I have to my mother. She was very patient with me. Sometimes I’d get so frustrated at not being able to do it I’d be ready to quit. But she sat with me and she showed me and finally I’d settle down and try again. Another skill this taught me was how to follow directions.

Woodworking is still another kind of puzzle only in order to put this puzzle together, you first have to design and make the pieces. It’s fun. I definitely recommend any kind of craft as a worthwhile pastime and learning experience.

The unifying factor with all of these seemingly diverse crafts is that they are all puzzles where you first need to create the pieces before you can build the puzzle. I find that fascinating. It’s kept me involved for the past 40 years.

My professional writing career began in 1980 with the publication of Jean’s Arizona Fan Palm, cutting directions for a 3.2 carat citrine (you can see it in the Handcrafted Jewelry Photo Gallery book in this Kick-Start Creativity series), in the January issue of the Lapidary Journal Gem Cutting Magazine. Many years later I was submitting step-by-step articles for original jewelry designs to various international magazines.

And now, 2012, I’m enjoying the writing and publishing of various kinds of books for Kindle. I’ll be 70 years old this year. It’s been quite a ride. I hope you enjoy my offerings.

Thank you for your interest.

Joyce Zborower

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