Judi Powers

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Lecturer Continuing and Professional Studies jpowers7@pratt.edu 212.647.7199 p Manhattan Campus, Manhattan 2

Personal URL

http://www.judipowersjewelry.com

Education

F.I.T./S.U.N.Y., AAS in Jewelry Design, Summa Cum Laude Hunter College/C.U.N.Y., MA Study in Art History New York University, BA, Art History

Biography

I had a wonderfully long career as a marketing executive in book publishing before I became a professional jeweler. Working with books fueled my love of story and that narratives deeply influences my own approach to making jewelry. Each of my pieces has its own discreet tale about something special, whether an experience, a place, a person, or a time. Launched in fall 2013, my nature- and travel-inspired collection features classical lines, organic shapes, and whimsical elements in pieces that are at once casual and elegant. Flowers and trees from my back yard, Buddhist architecture from travels in China and Thailand, beach treasure from Maine and Montauk, and animals from a childhood spent in the country inspire the form and structure of my work. Wax carving, found-object casting, and traditional metalsmithing are among the techniques I use to create my jewelry. I work exclusively with recycled and reclaimed precious metals, recycled and sustainably sourced diamonds, and sustainably sourced colored gemstones, all of which I hand select. Each piece is designed and fabricated by me in the picturesque Hudson River Valley. My work and I have been featured in Forbes.com, Martha Stewart’s blog, CoolHunting.com, WMagazine.com, National Jeweler, JCK, and InStoreMag.com, among others. I am the winner of an UncommonGoods Jewelry Design Challenge and a Style Finalist in the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Awards. I earned an AAS Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Jewelry Design from F.I.T. and have studied jewelry making since 2002, taking classes at 92Y, Jewelry Arts Institute, S.V.A., Brooklyn Metal Works, and Studio Jewelers. I still take classes whenever I can. I hold a BA in Art History from NYU and attended Hunter College for Masters Degree study in Art History.