Masako’s work features craft as a process to show the parallels between body beautification and the history of craft making. Craft played and plays an important part in the evolution of humanity. By utilizing craft techniques in her art, she connects the audience emotionally to the materials and practices employed. Masako has been honored with numerous scholarships and awards, for example, Ohio Art Council’s Individual Excellence Award in 2011 and the Society of North American Goldsmith’s student endowment scholarship in 2006 and 2007. Her work is featured in prestigious art publications and exhibited in the museums and galleries internationally. Masako’s art is part of many private and public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Craft, OR, the Mobile Museum of Art, AL, and the Toledo Museum of Art, OH. Her work will be included to the exhibition Far Out: Jewelry For the Senses at the Museum of Art and Design, NY in 2012. The artist graduated with an MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign in 2008.


Workshop Description: Fibers can be manipulated in much the same way as a sheet of metal! Metal can be used as fabric and a wire can be used as a thread in your work. In this workshop, we will explore the possibility of fiber in your jewelry and metalwork


JENNI K graduated from ECU in 1985 with a BFA in Metalsmithing, and in the years following, she earned her Graduate Gemologist Degree from GIA.  In 1987, she opened Jenni K. Jewelry where she designs and creates jewelry for purchase in her store, as well as wholesales and Internet sales around the nation.

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