“She’s going to be famous when she’s dead…”
Studio Visitor 2012
Born on the South side of Chicago, Jo began her studies of art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During the early 70’s she traveled extensively while continuing her studies in New York City, Chicago and San Jose, California
In 1975, she settled in New Mexico where she met and apprenticed Navajo Silversmith Cinda Paulson. She learned the Navajo tradition of fabrication, using silver sheet and wire to create intricate, finely detailed jewelry using simple hand tools and a lot of imagination and skill.
She moved to Arkansas in 1982 and built her off the grid, board and batten green oak home. Seemingly ahead of her time, the house is passive solar and electricity was from solar panels while the windmill pumped the water that was gravity fed to the house and garden.
Some things have changed through the years but her passion for silversmithing survives. She feels that her work has a life of its own, each piece is unique, each work a study in metal and nature.
Come by and see how she uses this age-old process to create treasures that you and your family will cherish as heirlooms for generations. Many of her customers are collectors and like to add to their collection or start one for friends and family. Her classic work appeals to every age and includes rings, pins, earrings, bolos, and bracelets. Settings with gemstones encompassed by her trademark leaves and tendrils define her work.
You can visit her website at www.jprosenquist.com