Metalworking and jewelry have brought a lot of change into my life. I never get bored with the challenge of creation...and am so fortunate to have had so many talented and spirited friends enter my life through this portal. I've gained a large network of artistic, vibrant sister-artists who are willing to share knowledge and insight and who inspire me to ever more unique and satisfying levels of work.
My name is Jill Rockwell and I am a mixed media artist who has taken her art background into the realm of jewelry. Every piece is a kinship between my vision and the marvelous, endless materials that make their way into my workshop and my creative process. No two pieces are exactly alike, which makes my work so full of mental exercise and anticipation...I never know what will emerge!
Creating is my daily work, and it is also my adventure. Simply, I am impassioned by what I do. Every single morning, I enter my studio with the desire to create patinas and objects that delight. My musings, emotions, and touch go into all my work and a bit of myself is sent out into the world in each piece of jewelry. I sincerely hope that makes my work special for others to own and to wear. My goal is to constantly strive to set the bar high for quality of work details, originality, and overall beauty in jewelry art.
I love antiquity, and my work is created to be evocative. I am not fond of shiny, new items, I prefer those which wear a history of being used repeatedly. In my travels to France, Israel, and Italy, it is the aged, weathered, rusted, flaked, and timeworn which attract my attention and begin to weave ideas in my thoughts about how to coax that sense of antiquity from the metals and metal clays which are my media. It is my hope that each piece I create has the character and complexity to conjure associations to artifacts and beloved relics.