Featured Artist Jo Ann Graham

Jewelry artist JoAnn Graham creates flowing, organic jewelry out of silver focusing on line, form and texture. Visit her website to see more of her work.

 

“Sterling Silver Resurrection Fern Earrings” Lost Wax Cast Sterling Silver Post Earrings, 1.5” Long by artist JoAnn Graham. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sterling Silver Resurrection Fern Earrings” Lost Wax Cast Sterling Silver Post Earrings, 1.5” Long

 

I choreograph in sterling silver.

 

“Sterling Silver Resurrection Fern Necklace” Lost Wax Cast Sterling Silver Necklace, 21” Long by artist JoAnn Graham. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sterling Silver Resurrection Fern Necklace” Lost Wax Cast Sterling Silver Necklace, 21” Long

 

My work is inspired by my previous career as a dance educator honoring shape, line, form and texture. A variety of technical skills are part of my repertoire. They include forging, casting, etching and fabricating silver, fine silver, gold and steel.

 

“Sterling Silver Crochet Earrings” Hand Fabricated Sterling Silver French Hook Earrings, 1.5” Long by artist JoAnn Graham. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sterling Silver Crochet Earrings” Hand Fabricated Sterling Silver French Hook Earrings, 1.5” Long

 

My primary focus is forging. Hammering and heating metal is not unlike a dancer—defying gravity and sculpting out shape in the space surrounding the artist.

 

“Sea Urchin Ring” Cast Sterling Silver, Adjustable by artist JoAnn Graham. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sea Urchin Ring” Cast Sterling Silver, Adjustable

 

My work evolves organically as I stretch and shape metals with a variety of hammers and stakes annealing the metal as I work. Pieces are then filed, sanded and polished. In addition, I cast found objects from my environment off the coast of South Carolina and integrate them into my work.

 

Untitled – Adjustable Fine Silver Chain, 18” to 24” Long by artist JoAnn Graham. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Untitled – Adjustable Fine Silver Chain, 18” to 24” Long

 

As my work organically evolves, new technical skills come into play which cause me to develop higher standards for myself and my jewelry. After completing the fabricated work, pieces are then filed, sanded, polished or a patina is applied.

 

Collection of Adjustable Rings by artist JoAnn Graham. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Collection of Adjustable Rings

 

My goal is to have the resulting shapes and forms of my jewelry connect and interact with the wearer’s own kinetic experience, thus allowing for a sense of harmony and grace.

 

“Gold on Steel” Adjustable Ring by artist JoAnn Graham. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Gold on Steel” Adjustable Ring

 

As an award-winning artist, I am always striving to improve. I will continue to learn and progress in my art for the rest of my career. I am never still. I find motivation in every corner of my life. As I progress in years my motivation to create has taken on a different challenge—to my surprise—a silversmith!

 

“Sterling Silver Cedar Earrings” Lost Wax Cast Sterling Silver Hook Earrings, 2” Long by artist JoAnn Graham. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sterling Silver Cedar Earrings” Lost Wax Cast Sterling Silver Hook Earrings, 2” Long

 

An integral part of my business is selling my work in galleries and teaching in a variety of settings. Teaching is also a great motivator for creativity. Sharing my work and talent is always reciprocated one hundred-fold. As I continue to grow I am excited to see where these connections take me! Watching students light up when they complete a piece of work is awe inspiring. Without this, the circle would not be complete.

 

Artist JoAnn Graham wearing Gold on Steel Cuff and Necklace by artist JoAnn Graham. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist JoAnn Graham wearing Gold on Steel Cuff and Necklace

 

It is ART. It is an interactive visceral process uniting artist and client.

 

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