Jennifer Chartier Designs

 

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     (New home, Mom and husband, Art)

 

     I grew up as a crafty kid with a mother who channeled my artistic tendencies teaching me all the traditional "girly" things...  sewing, arranging flowers, basic color theory and design. Mom planted the creative seeds at an early age and grandmothers, 4-H and a lifelong appreciation of pretty things eventually directed those crafty artistic pursuits to making jewelry. Most of my jewelry education has been from studio jewelry artists in addition to courses with Rio Grande covering bench skills and jewelry construction, instructor certification for Art Clay Silver and PMC, and regular new technique classes each year at the Bead & Button show.

 

     The most important class, however, was the FIRST one at my local museum where I was introduced to making my own jewelry and caught the bug. Thank heaven for those wonderful "firsts" we have and the special teachers that inspire! If I can pay that forward, I'll be a happy girl.

    

     I share my life with my husband, Arthur, in the lovely Blackstone Valley of Massachusetts. I am a lucky duck and have a new large studio in my home where I can comfortably work, teach and consult with customers.  Previous career pursuits include working as a rehab clinical nurse specialist, insurance nursing and also sharing ownership and managing with my brothers, a retail propane company and tank truck business.

 

Artistic Process    

 

     My inspiration comes from the the changing seasons of New England, the colors in nature and the beauty of the ocean.  My favorite medium along with pretty beads, is fine silver which I primarily use for all feature pendants and rings, using traditional low tech metal and wire working techniques. Many jewelry designs feature hand-formed pure silver components, using metal clay. Silver "metal clay” once fired, is fine silver (.999) – not an alloy such as sterling silver (92.5% fine silver/7.5% copper). The gold clay is pure 24K gold after firing. Completed pieces can be polished to a bright metal finish or given a patina finish to highlight details.

 

 

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